Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Poll on Gay Marriage - Public Policy Polling/Daily Kos

A new poll was released today about how citizens feel about government recognition of gay and lesbian relationships. Here are the results...

Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 1/14-16. Registered voters. MoE 3.1% (No trend lines)
Which of the following best describes your opinion on gay marriage: gay couples should be allowed to legally marry, or gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry, or there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple's relationship.
         Marry  Civil unions  Neither 
All         34       31         33

Dem         53       24         20 
Rep         11       35         52 
Ind         37       34         27
Lib         78       10         12 
Mod         40       38         20 
Con          8       32         57
Tea Party   17       30         52 
Non-TP      42       30         27
White       33       30         35 
Black       32       30         30 
Latino      47       32         22

18-29       52       13         33 
30-45       37       31         29 
46-65       31       36         31 
65+         23       34         42 
        There are a few things that I would like to direct your attention towards. First, let us look at the party breakdowns. From the Democrats - 77% favor some sort of legal recognition for same-sex couples, vs. the Republicans, of which only 46% favor any recognition. Leaving 52% of Republicans and 20% of Democrats against any form of recognition.

        This is even further clarified when you look at the differences between Liberals/ Moderates/ Conservatives. For self-proclaimed Liberals - 88% favor recognition. Moderates - 78% favor recognition. Conservatives - 40% favor recognition.

     Quite interestingly, which may lead to statistical proof that the Tea Party focus' on fiscal issues rather than moral ones, is the feelings of self-proclaimed Tea Party members. Of those surveyed, 47% favored some sort of legal recognition for same-sex couples. I say this, but it also can be seen that only 17% of Tea Party members thought that we should have marriage rights in general.

      What surprised me greatly was the amount of Latino support that marriage equality received. A whopping 47% - higher than any other group. Considering that the majority of the United States' Latino population is Catholic, this is excellent news.

    And as can be expected, the younger generation is less opposed to marriage equality, or relationship recognition, than any other group. Which signifies the hope that we have, for we will eventually win the day! Public Policy Polling will be doing this survey every four weeks in 2011, so we will be able to see overall the trend after this year.

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