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Friday, 28 January 2011

New Yorkers Want Marriage Equality (Poll Shows Strongest Support Yet)

Even though New York Democrats lost control of the State Senate last November, the prospects for a bill providing for full marriage equality this year look brighter than ever - senators will know that in both parties, some of the most outspoken opponents lost their re-election bids (almost unheard of in state politics) and will not want to go the same way. Undoubtedly, some of those who voted against the last gay marriage bill will change their votes the next time around - we just don't know how many. For the waverers, this CBS6 Albany report of a new poll from  (highly reputable) Quinnipiac Research could help to sway them. Note that support for equality is strong in all geographic regions (suburban, NYC, and Upstate), and that 41% of Republican voters are also supportive. Note also that the gap between support and opposition has doubled in just 18 months, going from 10% in June 2009 to 21% this month.

More New Yorkers are supporting gay marriage, with a highest-recorded margin of 56 to 37 percent, a new Quinnipiac University poll has found.
This compares to its previous high of 51 to 41 percent support, measured in a June 2009 survey.
The breakdown of support for gay marriage was:
Democrats, 69 to 25 percent
Republicans, 41 to 52 percent
Men, 54 to 40 percent
Women, 58 to 34 percent
Suburban, 61 to 33 percent
NYC, 55 to 37 percent
Upstate, 54 to 39 percent
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn't make a big issue of same-sex marriage in his state-of-the-state speech, but he said he was for it and so are most New Yorkers, said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"New York State voter attitudes about gay marriage have shifted dramatically since April 15, 2004, when Quinnipiac University first asked about gay marriage and found voters opposed the measure 55 to 37 percent," said Carroll.
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