Poll: 50 Percent of Virginia Voters Support Same-Sex Marriage

A new Quinnipiac poll is out and reveals that 50 percent of Virginians support same-sex marriage and 43 percent oppose it.

Ken_cuccinelliAs far as the governor's race goes, Quinnipiac reports:

A yawning gender gap in the Virginia governor's race leaves Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a slight 43 – 39 percent lead over Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

"Democrat Terry McAuliffe is ahead by a nose in this tight race, but half the electorate doesn't know enough about him to decide whether they view him favorably or unfavorably. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is somewhat better known with only a third of voters having no opinion about him," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Some breakdown of the numbers on marriage, via the AP:

Women who responded to the survey backed gay marriage 55 percent to 39 percent, but men opposed it 49 percent to 43 percent. Sixty-eight percent of self-identified Democrats supported gay marriage and 26 percent opposed it. Republican respondents opposed it by the same ratio.

Sixty percent of those with college degrees supported same-sex marriage and 34 percent of college grads opposed it. Among those with no college degree, 49 percent opposed it and 45 percent supported it. Catholics favored gay marriage 56 percent to 40 percent, while Protestants opposed it 57 percent to 36 percent. Among those who identified themselves as born-again evangelicals, 74 percent opposed it.

A majority of whites surveyed, 51 percent, supported gay marriage while black respondents opposed it 48 percent to 42 percent. Among voters age 18 to 29, 74 percent backed same-sex marriage, and 52 percent of those age 30 to 44 favor it. But among those 45 and older, majorities opposed it.

In the 2006 election, an amendment to Virginia's Constitution banning gay marriage passed 57 percent to 43 percent.


  1. Francis #1 says

    These numbers seem a lot more correct than the 58% support that Washington Post said VA had. Seems there’s a lot of splits regarding those for/against marriage equality but that comes as no surprise.

    There is a BIG gender gap on marriage equality throughout the country. Even in California, slightly over half of men support marriage equality, basically around 50-50, but with women the support number is 20%+ for equality. It’s something that hasn’t been addressed but really needs to be.

  2. ernstroehm's ghost says

    Perhaps the gender gap that Francis #1 mentions revolves around the notion men must be strong and uphold the traditional line. In certain respects, males seem to be more traditional than females. Observe that inter-racial marriage hardly ever involves a white man and a black woman. For some reason, women simply do not feel the same obligation to uphold certain aspects of traditional behavior as men do.

  3. JohnAGJ says

    We still have a lot of support for the Lynchburg-Virginia Beach Cabal (Falwell & Robertson) and their allies among GOP voters here. Even more than on the national stage, any gubernatorial candidate who doesn’t kiss their behinds has a very difficult time getting the nomination. Pity really because I’m a more conservative voter on fiscal matters, but looks like I’ll be voting Libertarian again. I might even vote Dem for Lt. Guv since Jackson is far worse than Cuccinelli. The GOP here is slowly changing but not fast enough and hasn’t come close to earning my vote.

  4. Not that Rob says

    Of course women don’t uphold “traditional behavior.” Because “traditionally” they’re just baby making servants for men. Why would they uphold that.

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