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New Jersey’s Jews Want Gay Marriage More Than New Jersey’s Catholics


We believe polls like we believe television ratings: They’re based on a methodology that should prove accurate, but often they’re wildly off base. But just like television ratings, polling data dictate how huge sums of money are spent — and that makes them important. So here’s the latest out of New Jersey, which is stalling on gay marriage, and the faithful: “Despite opposition from the Catholic Church, New Jersey Catholics generally support legalizing gay marriage, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released today [with data collected in early November]. Among Catholics, 48 percent support gay marriage, while 40 percent oppose and 12 percent are undecided. Protestants hold the opposite view, with only 34 percent supporting and 55 percent opposing gay marriage; 11 percent are undecided. Jewish respondents support gay marriage, 56 percent to 40 percent, with 4 percent undecided, while those with no religion preference are the most supportive, at 85 percent to only 10 percent opposed (5 percent undecided).” (Emphasis ours.)