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Poll Shows Dramatic Shift in Support for Same-Sex Marriage in California: VIDEO


A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times reveals a massive shift in public attitudes toward same-sex marriage in California, the L.A. Times reports:

Prop8The poll found that 58% of the state's registered voters believe same-sex marriage should be legal, compared with 36% against, a margin of 22 points. When the same pollsters asked that question three years ago, 52% favored gay marriage and 40% opposed it, a 12-point spread.

Most national polls this year have found majority support, but only one of those surveys reported it as high as 58%. The average was roughly 51% in favor of gay marriage. As in the rest of the country, more women (63%) than men (52%) in California favor same-sex marriage.

Younger California voters also support gay marriage by larger margins than older voters, the poll found. Whereas 76% of voters ages 18 to 29 support legalizing the unions, only 52% of those ages 50 to 64 agree.

Still, the shifts among older voters are dramatic. Voters 65 and older are now almost evenly divided — 46% in favor, 47% against — compared with just three years ago, when seniors opposed gay marriage by 19 percentage points.

Says USC's Dan Schnur: "I have never seen a matter of public policy, in all my years in politics and government and academia, I have never seen an issue on which public opinion has shifted so quickly and so dramatically, as public opinions on the subject of same-sex marriage."

Watch Schnur talk about the results, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Hopeful.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 11, 2013 8:47:13 AM

  2. Maybe we could get them to poll the SCOTUS. Some of them seem to be living in their own world.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jun 11, 2013 9:18:40 AM

  3. Reporting this kind of news should go along with something like: “Remember: we had very similar hopeful numbers just a couple of months before Proposition 8 passed. A few rounds of deceiving ads changed all that.” Let’s learn from History please.

    Posted by: Anthony | Jun 11, 2013 9:53:21 AM

  4. sooo they expect Gay people to once again BEG heteros for RIGHTS that should be OURS to begin with!!!!!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jun 11, 2013 10:02:57 AM

  5. I don't like reports like this. Live by the poll, die by the poll.

    You can't have it both ways. Either it's the constitutional thing to do, public be damned, or it isn't.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 11, 2013 10:12:23 AM

  6. Disgusted American, you sound like an overprivileged, entitled white person who's only real problems in life are First World problems.

    Yes, in the real world when you do not represent the majority you have to convince the majority that you are not a threat and it is better to work with you than to annihilate you.

    NOTHING comes to anyone on a silver platter .. except those to those who never had to work for anything in their lives suddenly being faced with the prospect of having to work. Oh, the horrors.

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 11, 2013 10:14:26 AM

  7. In the unlikely event that SCOTUS upholds Prop. 8, going to the ballot again will be the only option we have in California to restore marriage equality, so this is good news.

    Posted by: Will | Jun 11, 2013 10:15:27 AM

  8. Zeta: And you sound like a person who understands nothing about civil rights.

    Civil rights aren't put to a vote. That's why they're called rights.

    That is what the supreme court understood in 1967 when it legalized interracial marriage everywhere in the U.S.
    Interracial marriage enjoyed a minority of popular support, but public be damned, interracial marriage should be recognized.
    We have something built into our laws which is supposed to protect minorities against the tyranny of the majority.

    Unfortunately for us as a planet, protection from loud idiots is very clearly still pending.

    Posted by: Sam A | Jun 11, 2013 11:44:41 AM

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