PPP Poll Reveals Interesting Marriage Equality Divisions In Illinois
The latest Public Policy Polling survey shows more Illinois voters favor marriage equality than those who oppose, 47% versus 42%, and that activists there should focus on convincing white voters to side with equality.
From the Windy City Times:
Fifty-eight percent of voters under age 45 support marriage equality, compared with 37 percent who oppose it, the poll found. Black voters supported same-sex marriage 60/16, PPP said. Latinos supported Illinois marriage equality at 70/23.
The majority of white voters did not support same-sex marriage in Illinois with 40 percent supporting and 51 percent opposing.
Those numbers could be good news for LGBT advocates as many believe Illinois is on the cusp of achieving marriage equality. Two lawsuits filed in Cook County seek to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage in Illinois, and pro-gay lawmakers have stated that a vote on a marriage equality bill could be just around the corner.
Rick Garcia, who has been instrumental in the passage of pro-LGBT policy in Illinois, predicted that marriage equality in the state would come "sooner rather than later."
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of equality, though, that moment will be even sooner than imagined.