The results are in from the first “How do you feel about gay marriage?” poll since Iowa’s Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage April, declaring the state law banning them unconstitutional. And they reveal: “Forty-one percent say they would vote for a ban, and 40 percent say they would vote to continue gay marriage. The rest either would not vote or say they are not sure. The most intensity about the issue shows up among opponents. The percentage of Iowans who say they strongly oppose gay marriage (35 percent) is nearly double the percentage who say they strongly favor it (18 percent). The overwhelming majority of Iowans – 92 percent – say gay marriage has brought no real change to their lives. Sixty-three percent say candidates’ stands on other issues will be more important in making their decisions in the 2010 elections. … The poll shows that 26 percent of Iowans favor April’s unanimous court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, 43 percent oppose it and 31 percent don’t care much or are not sure. Despite the 43 percent opposition to the ruling, 61 percent of Iowans say other issues will influence their decision on whether to vote to retain Iowa Supreme Court justices in the 2010 elections.”
You know how this will get played out: Iowa Republican lawmakers will get to say more constituents support a state constitutional ban than do not, while Iowa Democrats will point to the 92 percent of people who say gay marriage doesn’t affect ’em.