Poll: 61 Percent of Californians Approve of Marriage Equality

A new poll of California voters has been released and shows more support for marriage equality than ever, the AP reports:

CaliforniaThe Field Poll found 78 percent support among people 39 and younger and a solid majority of middle-aged residents now back gay marriage — 56 percent. Even among senior citizens there is 48 percent support, compared with 42 percent against.

The overall results represent a reversal in views about the issue in the 36 years the Field Poll has been taking surveys on gay marriage. In 1977, when the first survey was conducted, only 28 percent approved of gay marriage, while 59 percent were opposed.

The poll of 834 registered California voters was conducted Feb. 5-17. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


  1. ratbastard says

    We have two countries in the U.S. [maybe more than two]. One is reasonably open minded about gay issues, one emphatically isn’t. The one that isn’t is historically powerfully influenced by evangelical and pentecostal churches, down to this very day. They are obsessed with ‘sin’, the wrath of a vengeful and vindictive God, literal interpretation of the bible, etc., We also have problems with many new immigrants from non-advanced first world nations bringing their homegrown prejudices to America with them. The only real difference between for example New England [the only region that has completely passed laws allowing gay marriage and other gay equality issues] and some other regions of the U.S. is N.E. is by and large very non-religious. Many people still identify with a particular religion and denomination, but nominally only. I have to believe this is the defining factor.

  2. Chitown Kev says


    Which would make marriage equality more popular in California than it is in Massachusetts, actually…of course, they haven’t asked the question in Mass. for awhile now.

  3. Chitown Kev says

    The latest survey I could find was June 2012 which said that 62% of Massachusetts residents approved of marriage equalilty, so I am mistaken.

    But with number like that, marriage could possibly…possibly win at the ballot box in 2014 and certainly by 2016.

  4. David Hearne says

    Does anyone remember what percentage of Californians allegedly supported gay marriage prior to Prop 8 being passed?

    Sorry, but something is either constitutional or it isn’t. It’s rather silly to champion majorities that agree with you while demanding court protection when they don’t.

    Civil rights should not be put to a popular vote. In the absence of that, of what interest are polls? And since no one has a landline or answers telemarketing calls, how accurate are these polls anyway?

  5. Bill says

    @David Hearne: the reason the polls are interesting is that they provide a crude measure of how acceptance of LGBT individuals is changing with time. The breakdown by age gives a pretty good indication of what the future has in store.

  6. Kyle says

    Living in California…YES, gay marriage would pass in an instant. And it should have been on the ballot in 2012. Just observing my surroundings living and working in various parts of the state: I think gay marriage could have passed very easily in California this past election, and easily in 2014.