As Illinois braces for a contentious battle over civil unions between same-sex partners, South Dakotans are divided over the issue, according to the results of the most recent Dakota Wesleyan University Tiger Poll.
The poll of 393 South Dakotans, conducted Sept. 20-Oct. 6 by the McGovern Center at DWU, indicated that there is no consensus among South Dakotans on the issue of civil unions. While approximately 43 percent of respondents opposed any legal recognition for same-sex couples in South Dakota, 36 percent supported some form of legal recognition, either marriage or civil unions, and 21 percent were not sure or did not respond to the question.
A similar national CBS News poll conducted Aug. 20-24, found that only 25 percent of Americans supported no legal recognition for same-sex couples when asked the following question: “Which comes closest to your view: Gay couples should be allowed to legally marry, or gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry, or, there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.”
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