A Florida political science professor and a UF graduate student are set to present findings of a study on Florida's Amendment 2, which passed last November banning same-sex marriage in the state, to the American Political Science Association meeting in Toronto.
The Gainesville Sun reports: "The study found education was about five times as important as race
in determining whether a county's residents favored the ban. The
results contradict claims that newly registered black voters who cast
ballots for Barack Obama were a socially conservative group that can be
credited with passing the ban…Controlling for political and socioeconomic factors, the study found
each additional 1 percent of a county's population with bachelor's
degrees correlated with a 1 percent decrease in support for the
amendment. In comparison, each 1 percent increase in a county's black
population led to two-tenths of a percent increase in support. 'There's a lot of evidence showing increased education leads to greater tolerance,' [professor Dan] Smith said."