John M. Becker

Majority in Non-Marriage States Support Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | January 24, 2014 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Freedom to Marry, gay marriage, marriage equality, poll, same-sex marriage, survey, tipping point

freedom-to-marry-poll-nonmarriage-states-dec2013.jpgA majority of registered voters living in non-marriage equality states support equal marriage rights, according to a poll conducted last month by Anzalone Liszt Grove and commissioned by the group Freedom to Marry. The survey found 51% overall are in favor, while 41% are opposed.

Poll results show that support for marriage equality is strongest in the central and western United States, where voters favor it by a 23- and 19-point margin, respectively. In the South, it's a dead heat: voters are split 46-46 on the issue.

The poll also asked voters whether they believed same-sex marriage is inevitable, and the results were encouraging:

A majority (56%) believes that it is likely that marriage for gay and lesbian couples will be legal in their state in a couple of years. Even among marriage opponents, 49% believe they will see legal marriage in their state within that time frame.

Finally, voters were asked what sort of impact they felt marriage equality would have on their lives. A landslide majority -- 78 percent -- said legal marriage will have either a positive or a minimal impact on them personally. Just 21% said they believe it will negatively affect their lives.

This latest poll is just one more sign that we've passed the tipping point in public support for marriage equality.

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