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POLL: New Survey Shows Country Split On Marriage Equality

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute has released a new voter survey today on several key issues, including support for marriage equality. According to the institute, American voters support same-sex marriage 48% to 46%, a close margin but a huge leap from July 2008, when the school reported Americans were opposed to it 55% to 36%.

“It seems pretty clear that attitudes toward same-sex marriage in American society are changing rapidly. While the country remains split on the issue, supporters have come pretty far in the last four years,” said Quinnipiac’s Peter A. Brown. “Since voters 18 to 29 years old support same-sex marriage 63%–35%, once again we see it’s just a matter of time.”

A Gallup poll in May showed slightly better numbers, with 50% of respondents supporting same-sex marriage, 48% opposing and 2% undecided.  Conducted between November 28 and December 3, the Quinnipiac survey has a 2.2% margin of error.

More than 1,900 registered voters were polled: Women, who opposed marriage equality 51%-40%  four years ago, now support it 52% to 42%. The biggest leap was among men, who opposed gay marriage 61%-31% in 2008. Than number has shifted 23 points to 50%-43%. And while white Protestants are opposed 63 – 32 percent, white Catholics approve of gay marriage by a margin of 49% to 43%.

Other survey results:

* American voters favor the legalization of marijuana, 51%-44%

* 57% believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and seek citizenship.

* A majority (53%) of those surveyed don’t believe climate change caused Hurricane Sandy

* 47% of respondents believe Gen. David Petraeus was right to resign as director of the CIA, as compared to – 41% who don’t.

* Regarding the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya, 47% believe the President shared information as it became available, while 41% think Obama intentionally misled the public.