Iowans Prefer Civil Unions

Civil unions are all the rage in Iowa! Among The Des Moines Register‘s random readers, at least. Gay marriage, meanwhile, remains the ugly step-institution:

Sixty-two percent of Iowans believe marriage should be only between a man and a woman, according to the poll by The Des Moines Register. Thirty-two percent believe same-sex marriages should be allowed, while 6 percent were unsure.

Iowans are split, however, on whether the state constitution should be changed to ban gay marriages.

And more than half of Iowans who responded to the poll support Iowa allowing civil unions for same-sex couples. About four in 10 Iowans oppose civil unions, and 4 percent are unsure.

The Iowa Poll of 801 adults was taken Feb. 17-20. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The poll also finds that 48% of Iowans want to amend the Constitution to ban gay marriage. Forty-seven percent, meanwhile, are opposed. Five percent simply can’t make up their minds.