2012 Election | Gay Marriage | Washington

Majority Of Washington State Voters Support Gay Marriage: Poll

WashingtonStateAs the clock ticks down toward a decision on whether Washington State voters will have to reaffirm legislation legalizing marriage equality, a new poll conducted for the Associated Press shows that most voters there support keeping the inclusive law in place.

From Washington United for Marriage's press release:

A new, independent, statewide poll finds that an overwhelming majority of voters approve of the Washington’s law extending civil marriage to same-sex couples.  Washington voters approve of the law by a 54-33% margin. In addition to extraordinary support by Democrats (87%), the poll also found significant support among Independents, nearly mirroring the full poll, at 52-36%.

Next week, Washington United for Marriage expects opponents to submit more than enough signatures to put the existing law allowing committed same-sex couples to marry in Washington up for referendum in November.

WUM campaign manager Zach Silk and his allies of course celebrated the news, with Silk remarking, "This poll affirms what we see and hear everyday: that Washingtonians believe that marriage belongs to all loving, committed couples. But get ready. Our opponents are already spinning fear and spreading misinformation. We know that they will do whatever it takes to win."

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  1. I totally agree with this article.

    Posted by: DissertationToday.com | May 31, 2012 7:04:20 AM


  2. Great but will they actually turn out and vote. If pushed, most people say they support it. But because it doesn't directly affect them they can't be bothered to go and vote. Whereas the ones against it are much more motivated (by church, fear of unknown, prejudice). That's what happened with prop 8 in California. I wouldn't be so optimistic.

    Posted by: DanSwon | May 31, 2012 7:33:55 AM


  3. Again, I am sick of our focus on meaningless opinion polls. They mean nothing. The actual vote in November is what counts, and we have lost every time everywhere this has been on he ballot. Moreover, opponents of gay marriage in Washingon just announced they have 150,000 signatures to place this on the ballot. finally, 54 percent is nothing to celebrate because polls always overestimate the progay vote ane seriously underestimate the anti gay vote, as recent history reflects.

    Posted by: Javier | May 31, 2012 7:35:31 AM


  4. Again, I am sick of our focus on meaningless opinion polls. They mean nothing. The actual vote in November is what counts, and we have lost every time everywhere this has been on he ballot. Moreover, opponents of gay marriage in Washingon just announced they have 150,000 signatures to place this on the ballot. finally, 54 percent is nothing to celebrate because polls always overestimate the progay vote ane seriously underestimate the anti gay vote, as recent history reflects.

    Posted by: Javier | May 31, 2012 7:35:36 AM


  5. This marvelous State I live in, and the whole Northwest generally may indeed break the pattern of voter rejection that has plagued referendums regarding marriage equality and gay rights in this country. But I don't trust polls that tell us what we want to hear, and I am leary of the power of disinformation so easily marshalled by God's Thugs who abound even here. So we'll see...and yes I am personally involved in this struggle this time. The Northwest is way too good to be soiled by Evangelical hysteria.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 31, 2012 7:44:18 AM


  6. Good news, but we have to a) keep this lead in the face of an assault against our community at the hands of social conservatives and b) get our supporters out to vote. We have every opportunity to win Washington and we have to deliver.

    Posted by: Francis | May 31, 2012 7:50:08 AM


  7. Bradley Effect. I'm not going to hold my breath in anticipation of a win.

    Posted by: Rich F. | May 31, 2012 9:05:06 AM


  8. Remember, the polls showed that Washington voters supported domestic partnerships by an about 60/40 percent vote, yet voters barely passed it by a 53/47 margin. So, a 54 percent lead in a poll is nothing to get excited about. We are actually behind.

    Posted by: Luke | May 31, 2012 9:24:22 AM


  9. True, the polls are probably overestimating support for SSM. But there's always the chance that in a short while a large segment of the "undecideds" will just long to see the whole issue settled so the country can move on. They'll most likely realize that SSM can't remain legal in 7 states and illegal in the rest. The tide will turn toward equality. When does the U.S. ever take AWAY rights?

    Posted by: Mary | May 31, 2012 12:02:11 PM


  10. Luke,

    Tthe polls for domestic partnerships actually showed overall low support as well.

    Posted by: Stefan | May 31, 2012 1:54:05 PM


  11. Unfortunately Mary they (the voters ) took them away in CA with prop 8 & a constitutional right was magically erased.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 1, 2012 12:42:55 PM


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