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New Poll Shows Voters Favor Marriage Equality in Rhode Island, David Cicilline: VIDEO


A new WPRI poll released on Monday shows a majority of Rhode Island voters favor marriage equality:

Same-sex marriage enjoys significant support in Rhode Island, with 56% of voters in favor of legalizing it, 36% opposed to doing so and 14% unsure. Support is strongest among Democrats (72% in favor) and voters ages 18 to 39 (64% in favor), while opposition is highest among Republicans (59% opposed) and voters 60 and older (43% opposed).

CicillineThe poll is also good news for out gay Rep. David Cicilline, running for reelection in November:

Congressman David Cicilline has engineered a remarkable eight-month turnaround in his re-election race against Brendan Doherty, rebounding from a 15-point deficit to take a six-point lead, according to an exclusive WPRI 12 poll released Monday evening.

The new survey of 250 likely voters in Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District shows Democrat Cicilline at 44%, Republican Doherty at 38% and independent David Vogel at 6%, with 10% of voters undecided. That's a 21-point swing since the February WPRI 12 poll, when Doherty led Cicilline 49% to 34%.

"There's no question this race has gone the opposite way," WPRI 12 political analyst Joe Fleming said. "Doherty's lead has evaporated. ... It's obvious the messaging that David Cicilline has been using is working - he's making this a national campaign."

WPRI's on-air report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Poll: Cicilline rebounds, now leads Doherty by 6 points


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  1. The polls have shown a majority of Rhode Islanders support gay marriage for years, as does the governor and the legislature. But the only person who matters is Senate President Teresa Weed, who stopped it dead in its tracks last year, and will probably do the same again.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 2, 2012 12:27:19 PM

  2. Brian,

    Weed has indicated she'd allow a vote on a marriage equality bill should it have the votes to pass the Senate. Last year it did not. If she becomes complacent, the governor will likely pull a Cuomo and force a vote on the floor.

    Posted by: Stefan | Oct 2, 2012 2:26:36 PM

  3. Sorry to nitpick but 56+36+14 = 106. Something's wrong :)

    Posted by: oakpope | Oct 2, 2012 2:38:28 PM

  4. @Oakpope: The number for "unsure" seems to be incorrect in the article, but not on the pie graph.

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 2, 2012 7:36:52 PM

  5. What we need in Rhode Island is someone to show some leadership and get this passed! We have public support, huge Democratic majorities in the legislature and a Governor who is on our side. There should be no more excuses. Someone needs to make a deal with this Weed or get her out of power.

    Posted by: Ken | Oct 2, 2012 7:57:18 PM

  6. Those Catholics in R.I. who favor gay marriage equality and have elected an out gay congressman just don't understand that they are supposed to be following their hierarchy and the Protestant Fundamentalists. "Unfortunately" the Catholics in Mass, N.J. New Mexico etc are doing the same damn thing. What is a poor Catholic bigoted Bishop to do? Perhaps they should just go back to hiding priest preditors.

    Posted by: andrew | Oct 3, 2012 2:15:35 AM

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