POLL: A Record 61% Of Californians Support Gay Marriage

cali-gayCalifornians have come around, or at least around-ish, on the whole gay marriage debate as a new poll released today found that a record 61% are in favor of allowing same-sex couples to tie the knot.

The AP reports:

The Field Poll found 78 percent support among people 39 and younger and a solid majority of middle-aged residents now back gay marriage — 56 percent. Even among senior citizens there is 48 percent support, compared with 42 percent against.

The overall results represent a reversal in views about the issue in the 36 years the Field Poll has been taking surveys on gay marriage. In 1977, when the first survey was conducted, only 28 percent approved of gay marriage, while 59 percent were opposed.

According to the poll, 90% of self-identified liberals supported gay marriage compared to 25% of conservatives; 53% or Republicans opposed gay marriage, compared to 39% who approved.

The poll was conducted among 834 registered voters in California just days before the Supreme Court takes up the constitutionality of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state.

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  • smutmutt

    oh yeah im sure asking 800 out of almost 40 million CA residents is going to result in an accurate poll

  • Scott Johansen

    @ smutmutt

    This poll has been conducted numerous times since Prop 8 by numerous different outlets, sampling many more than just 900 people. And in each poll, a large margin (all near or exceeding 60%) favor marriage equality. So yes…California HAS indeed evolved on the issue….and quick! Just comparing the state’s results in 2000 gay marriage ballot to 2008 is indicative of how much insreasing support the marriage equality side gathers year by year in this state.

  • brent

    The article didn’t say anything about black and hispanic voters, who voted in large numbers for prop. 8.

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