Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Poll On Gay Marriage: United States, Canada, and Britain

A poll just released by Angus-Ried Global Monitor shows the long way that we have to go in the fight for marriage equality. According to Angus-Ried, the following questions were asked in the United States, Canada and Britain, and the results (at least on the Canadian side) can give us some hope for the future. For some reason I wasnt able to format the poll data so that it fit within my blog space, hopefully you all can forgive the "tacky" look.




Canada - Which of these statements comes closer to your own point of view on the legal recognition of same-sex couples in Canada?

Jul. 2010

Aug. 2009

Same-sex couples should continue to be allowed to legally marry

61%

61%

Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not marry

23%

23%

Same-sex couples should not have any kind of legal recognition

13%

11%

Not sure

3%

4%

United States - Which of these statements comes closer to your own point of view on the legal recognition of same-sex couples in the U.S.?


Jul. 2010

Aug. 2009

Same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry

36%

33%

Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not marry

23%

25%

Same-sex couples should not have any kind of legal recognition

32%

36%

Not sure

9%

5%

Britain - Which of these statements comes closer to your own point of view on the legal recognition of same-sex couples in the UK?


Jul. 2010

Aug. 2009

Same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry

41%

41%

Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil partnerships, but not marry

37%

37%

Same-sex couples should not have any kind of legal recognition

15%

18%

Not sure

7%

5%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion 
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,003 Canadian adults, 1,002 American adults, and 1,980 British adults, conducted from Jul. 12 to Jul. 16, 2010. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent in Canada and the United States, and 2.2 per cent for Britain.

Why is the polling data from Canada significant? Because according to this poll conducted in Canada in 2003, gay marriage had significantly less support - 46% to be exact. What could this potentially show? That when you legalize gay marriage, even though a large amount of people disagree with said legalization, over time, when they recognize that the sky is not falling, they warm up to the idea. We have even seen this effect in Massachusetts in recent years as well. I therefore have hope that once the United States has marriage equality,those who fight against us will slowly see that we deserve it.

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