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Poll: 62 Percent of NJ Voters Would Approve Marriage Equality

A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll came out yesterday and brings good news for marriage equality in New Jersey:

NjA proposal to place the question of same-sex marriage on the fall ballot also gets broad support; voters want a chance to decide by a 68 percent to 25 percent margin. Given a chance, New Jersey seems likely to become the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage: 62 percent would vote yes on the question, 30 percent would vote no, while 8 percent are unsure. This represents the highest level of support for gay marriage ever recorded in a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Asked about the upcoming legislative races, voters are at least 15 points more likely to support Democrats than Republicans for the General Assembly and state Senate. This is despite Christie’s popularity and huge re-election lead over Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono. Results of this ballot test have changed little since the last Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, taken in February.

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  1. This is awesome. Perhaps the support for GOP candidates has more to do with the candidates themselves and not the general party platform...

    Posted by: | Apr 16, 2013 11:46:47 AM

  2. I want to get married in my home state of NJ!

    Posted by: Christian | Apr 16, 2013 11:54:42 AM

  3. Bring it on! AFterall, isn't a popular vote exactly what NOM has been asking for all along? Brian should be at the front lines screaming for this to happen.

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 16, 2013 12:08:55 PM

  4. all well and good - but Im SICK and TIRED of OUR RIGHTS being Voted the Majority? WTF are we?

    Posted by: disgusted american | Apr 16, 2013 12:16:37 PM

  5. Yet fat-@ss Chris Christie vetoed it. It would have been easy for him to just let it happen but he had to insert himself into the process.

    Posted by: Caliban | Apr 16, 2013 12:23:58 PM

  6. So sad that the civil rights of any group would be subjected to popular vote but then to add double the insult it is voted on and passed by the NJ legislature (elected officials) only to then have it vetoed by their pretentious governor Christie. So yeah. Lovely to hear that the populous backs equality.

    Posted by: JONES | Apr 16, 2013 12:30:01 PM

  7. SCOTUS, are you listening?

    Posted by: Clayton | Apr 16, 2013 12:47:06 PM

  8. New Jersey is one of the states where we've consistently had support higher than the national average. These poll numbers are great to see. The question is, though, will NJ legislators put marriage equality on the ballot? They don't want to do it. They're trying to find the votes necessary to override the Christie veto on marriage equality. But if they can't find the votes than they have this route very much available to them.

    The danger in putting our rights up to vote is that we barely won in states like Maine and Maryland which had two of the highest numbers of support for Obama. And that was during presidential elections. We're gaining in support countrywide but we still probably don't have enough strong support to carry states not in the Northeast and Midwest. So if we start the trend of putting our rights up for vote intentionally, that could easily backfire against us.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 16, 2013 1:13:58 PM

  9. There are several "gay ghettos" in NJ: Asbury Park, Trenton and Plainfield. All troubled towns with gentrified gay areas. When the huge swath of middle class suburban women in the state think of gay men, it's these positive achievements that pull them over to the gay rights side. The state is also religiously very mild.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 16, 2013 1:21:56 PM

  10. Well then Governor, we need 10 millions here and there to assure all NJ citizens have their voices heard.

    Posted by: Ant | Apr 16, 2013 1:34:13 PM

  11. It is interesting to note that the States with largest Roman Catholic populations, R.I., Mass., Conn., N.J. and N.Y. are the most socially and politically liberal.

    Posted by: andrew | Apr 16, 2013 1:36:22 PM

  12. Caliban, I'm not sure what you mean about Chris Christie "inserting" himself into the process. He's the governor. When bills are approved in the legislature, they go to the governor for signature or veto. He was a part of the process by virtue of his office. He did nothing specifically to "insert" himself.

    Posted by: Jere | Apr 16, 2013 1:38:20 PM

  13. Jere,
    I think the point Caliban was trying to make was that the Governor didn't have to sign the bill nor did he have to veto it. He could have simply done nothing in which case the law would have gone into effect after a certain amount of time even without his signature.

    Posted by: Jonty Coppersmith | Apr 16, 2013 2:29:46 PM

  14. I think the popular vote is a good Thing. It's nice to know a majority of voters don't hate me. Those thirty three hate states sure knew how to make a guy depressed. Also it assists me in my travel decisions.

    Posted by: Alexander | Apr 16, 2013 8:02:26 PM

  15. I think the popular vote is a good Thing. It's nice to know a majority of voters don't hate me. Those thirty three hate states sure knew how to make a guy depressed. Also it assists me in my travel decisions.

    Posted by: Alexander | Apr 16, 2013 8:02:27 PM

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