The Young, Educated, and White ID’d As Biggest Gay Marriage Supporters

“A substantial majority of voters in Los Angeles support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry, with 56% in favor and 37% opposed,” according to a new Los Angeles Times poll.

MORE: “That finding closely tracked the results of November’s election in which Proposition 8, which limited marriage to unions of a man and a woman, won statewide but lost in Los Angeles. But the poll also showed that within the city, views on the issue differed widely among racial and ethnic groups.

“White voters were most emphatic in their support for same-sex marriage, with 68% supporting it and 27% opposing. African American voters were strongly against it, with 54% opposing same-sex marriage and 37% supporting it. Opposition to gay marriage by African Americans was widely seen as a major factor contributing to the passage of Proposition 8.

“Latinos in the current poll were split, with 45% supporting same-sex marriage and 46% opposing. Within the Latino population, there were additional divisions: women, the young and people with college educations offered more backing for gay marriage than men, older voters and those with fewer years of schooling. Since the passage of Proposition 8, political analysts have suggested that statewide support for same-sex marriage is only a matter of time, and the poll offered support for that idea.

“Among Los Angeles voters, support for same-sex marriage grew consistently stronger as the age of respondents decreased. Among those age 18-29, 66% said same-sex marriages should be recognized as valid, while 29% disagreed.”