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French Poll Shows Slight Uptick In Equality Support

MarriagefranceA new poll out of France shows a small improvement in the number of voters who support marriage equality.

From Reuters:

The number of people who support the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France has risen despite major protests against the government's planned reforms earlier this month, a new poll by Ifop for news website showed.

The proportion of those surveyed supporting the change in the law rose to 63 percent from 60 percent in early January and December.

Support for adoption rights for gay couples also rose by 3 percentage points, although the country remains divided on the issue, with 49 percent in favour, according to the international marketing firm.

While good news on the surface, never forget that polls should be taken with a grain of salt.

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  1. I find it rather interesting that the same nation that has no issue with their President having a mistress has an issue with marriage equality. Go figure.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Jan 26, 2013 3:17:29 PM

  2. 63% support is a healthy number. Of course, the actual number of people who really care about the issue one way or another is very small. So we can assume that the percentage of people who oppose marriage equality and really care about it is far less than 37%.

    That should provide politicians with enough cover to pass it without worrying about retribution in the next election.

    If Spain can do it, so can France. (That should be the slogan -- no self-respecting frenchman will allow Spain to beat them in anything.)

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 26, 2013 3:23:30 PM

  3. These numbers mean nothing. They are not going to have an election next month. The bill is going to pass.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 26, 2013 4:18:00 PM

  4. A lot of the demonstrators are just right wing opportunists who really don't care about SSM but are just using it as a pretext to attack Hollande. Cynically using homophobia for political purposes is not confined to the US.

    Posted by: candide001 | Jan 26, 2013 6:30:35 PM

  5. How about Russia and Poland?

    Posted by: Gary | Jan 26, 2013 8:40:07 PM

  6. Vive la France! In the USA 63% is a freakin landslide.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 26, 2013 11:15:15 PM

  7. I want this to pass in England too, that way Americans here can see how even our closest ally is changing, and to finally get a clue!

    Posted by: Anthony | Jan 27, 2013 12:19:20 AM

  8. SSM in two of the biggest countries in Europe will have a ripple effect in Europe and possibly the World. It will be remembered as a historic moment in human civilization and a slap in the face of the Catholic Church.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 27, 2013 12:49:13 PM

  9. Supporters of "marriage for all" marched on Sunday in Paris.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 27, 2013 1:02:19 PM

  10. A documentary on "marriage for all" featuring Holland, Cameron, Obama and Ban Ki Moon.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 27, 2013 1:18:56 PM

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