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New Poll Shows Majority of Texans Support Same-Sex Marriage

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Well this is a first.

An independent poll from Texas Tech Univeristy has found that 48 percent of Texans are in favor of same-sex marriage, while 47 percent oppose it.

Lone Star Q reports:

“In the past, support for gay marriage in this state was below 40 percent,” said associate professor Mark McKenzie, who oversaw the poll. “Now, we’re closely divided on the issue. … Democrats and Independents strongly support gay marriage, while Republicans are strongly opposed to it.”

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll in June 2013 found that 39 percent of Texans supported same-sex marriage — only a slight increase from polls over the previous four years.

However, no poll has been conducted since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act last year — or since a federal judge in San Antonio struck down the state’s marriage bans in February.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, has appealed the judge’s decision. State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, has come out in support of same-sex marriage. In 2005, three-fourths of voters approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution banning same-sex marriage.

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  1. Poll seems sort of sketchy to me...the meat and potatoes behind it. I'd like to see another one of those Texas/Tribune polls. In any case it's nice to see things progressing even in conservative states.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 22, 2014 9:54:41 AM


  2. I don't think "majority" means what you think it means.

    A majority means more than half, over 50%. 48% isn't a majority.

    A PLURALITY, not majority, of Texans polled support marriage equality.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Apr 22, 2014 10:02:48 AM


  3. "while Republicans are strongly opposed to it.”

    Really that should read Baptists.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Apr 22, 2014 10:05:35 AM


  4. I agree with Tampazeke, the title above should read that a purality of voters support same sex marriage.

    Posted by: Diego | Apr 22, 2014 10:10:30 AM


  5. 48% to 47% doesn't mean more Texans support than oppose. The poll has a margin of error of +/-4.6%. The actual split could be 42.6% support, 51.6% oppose, worst case.

    http://www.newswise.com/articles/texas-tech-survey-abbott-to-win-texas-governor-voter-id-law-didn-t-cause-problems-and-texans-split-on-gay-marriage

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 22, 2014 1:03:11 PM


  6. Oops, I mean 43.4% support, 51.6% oppose, worst case.

    Posted by: JJ | Apr 22, 2014 1:04:28 PM


  7. Sorry, TEXAS TECH: NOT CREDIBLE.

    Posted by: Jerry | Apr 22, 2014 3:16:08 PM


  8. In 2005, three-fourths of voters approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution banning same-sex marriage.

    This statement is a bit misleading. It fails to note that the election was an off-year election and that only 26 percent of the registered voters in the state went to the polls in that election. Saying that 75% of Texans voted to ban same sex marriage is not telling the whole truth about the election in which the ban was approved.

    Posted by: *****overTX | Apr 22, 2014 4:24:43 PM


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