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Field Poll: CA voters back gay marriage by 5 points

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A new poll looking at attitudes on social issues in California over the last 30 years finds that support for same sex marriage has increased dramatically.

The poll released by the Field organization on Wednesday compared the attitudes of California voters on social issues such as same sex marriage, abortion and euthanasia over a span of 30 years.

One of the biggest changes was toward same sex marriage. In 1977 – when Harvey Milk and others were fighting the antigay Briggs Initiative – voters opposed same sex marriage by a 62-to-31 percent ratio. Today, voters FAVOR same sex marriage by 49 percent – with 44 percent opposed.

The survey showed that Democrats reversed their stance on gay marriage from 2-to-1 opposed 30 years ago to 2-to-1 in favor now.

Republicans however have not changed. In fact, the pollsters say if anything, Republicans are now more opposed than they were 30 years ago. In 1977, 65 percent of Republican voters said they opposed gay marriage while 68 percent are opposed today.

The latest poll of 760 registered voters reported a margin of error of 1.1 percentage points.

Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors expressed caution in interpreting the poll.

Kors told OutQ News – “We have never yet had majority support among registered or likely voters so we need to keep telling our stories if we are going to reach 50 percent.”

–Karen Ocamb

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Written by OutQ News staff

August 5, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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