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Quinnipiac Poll: 64 Percent of New Jersey Voters Support Marriage Equality, 60 Percent Support Christie

A new Quinnipiac poll shows strong support for marriage equality in New Jersey:

NjBy a 64 - 30 percent margin, voters support a law allowing same sex couples to marry. Men support same-sex marriage 60 - 32 percent, with a larger 68 - 28 percent support among women. Support by age ranges from 56 - 38 percent among voters over 55 years old to 80 - 17 percent among voters 18 - 34 years old.

New Jersey voters say 72 - 22 percent it's a good idea to decide the same-sex marriage issue by referendum on the November ballot.

ChristieAlso, strong support for Chris Christie:

Christie leads State Sen. Barbara Buono, his likely Democratic challenger for reelection, 60 - 25 percent, also continuing a string of 2-1 leads over the largely unknown Sen. Buono. Voters also say 66 - 25 percent, including 44 - 43 percent among Democrats, that Christie deserves reelection, also continuing a trend.

Slate notes:

What was happening a year ago? New Jersey Democrats had given Christie a gay marriage bill, and he'd vetoed it. Gay marriage is way down the issue priority list in the state (1 percent of people say it's the key factor in their votes) but it's a wedge issue that Christie chose the wrong side of.

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  1. The best hope the democrats have that they won't have to face Christie in 2016 presidential elections is the republicans will be too stupid and wingnut ideological to nominate him. I think he would attract large numbers of independents and what used to be called Reagan democrats to his ticket.

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 26, 2013 11:14:48 PM


  2. Clearly, if the Supreme Court does not give us a ruling that grants marriage equality nationwide, we need to put the question on the ballot in New Jersey. Only way to pass it with Christie's reelection looking certain.

    Posted by: Ken | Mar 27, 2013 1:21:57 AM


  3. Or we could override the veto. Support for it will be much higher after section 3 of DOMA is struck down.

    Posted by: Stefan | Mar 27, 2013 7:51:36 AM


  4. My problem with die hard 'progressives' is most have a hard on for the democratic party. It is UNHEALTHY for any state, country or society to be ruled by a single party, no matter how 'progressive' they are. Absolute power corrupts,absolutely. Dems or Repubs, doesn't matter. Greens, tea party, etc.? Doesn't matter. Although I like our political system overall, one of it's flaws is the winner takes all approach, and the inability for a 3rd, 4th or 5th party representing ideas outside the 2 mainstream parties, being able to flourish and have a say in the seats of power. It's important that everybody within reason have their say and feel a connectness to the political system and society. We could use more genuine independents, but it's a real uphill battle for them to both win an election without support from a major party machine, and to function outside the two party machines once they gain office.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 27, 2013 11:16:01 AM


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