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Almost Half of New York State Voters Are Pissed the Senate Didn’t OK Gay Marriage

DATA PIPE — “Forty-seven percent of voters were disappointed that the Senate rejected the bill to legalize same sex marriages in New York, compared to 41 percent who were pleased by the Senate’s vote. Liberals, young voters, Democrats and Jewish voters were most disappointed. Conservatives, Republicans, older, and African American voters were most pleased with the Senate vote. In August, 50 percent of voters told Siena that they supported the Senate passing the same sex marriage bill, with 44 percent then opposing Senate passage. ‘New Yorkers remain fairly evenly divided on the issue of same sex marriages, with a small advantage for those supporting it despite the Senate’s defeat of the legislation,” [Siena pollster Steven Greenberg] said. ‘Overall, 40 percent of voters – 42 percent of those who were disappointed in the Senate action and 47 percent of those who were pleased – said that their Senator’s vote on the issue would be a deciding factor in their vote for State Senator next years.'” —Data from a Siena Research Institute poll (PDF), “conducted December 6-9, 2009 by telephone calls to 665 New York State registered voters. It has a margin of error of + 3.8 percentage points.”