On the heels of a poll last month showing 54% supported repealing the state’s ban on marriage equality, a new Quinnipiac poll says 40% endorse marriage quality itself. The Columbus Dispatch reports:
According to a survey released this morning by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, more Ohioans support same-sex marriage than don’t by a margin of 48 percent to 44 percent. Results follow a Saperstein Poll for The Dispatch from last month which showed that 54 percent backed a proposed new Ohio constitutional amendment to repeal existing law and allow gay marriage.
The paper also reports that Sen. Rob Portman, who recently endorsed marriage equality, becoming the first Senate Republican to do so, saw a dip in support:
Portman announced in March that he had reversed his position and now supported same sex marriage because his son was gay. Forty percent said they approve of Portman’s job performance compared with 31 percent who said they disapprove; in February his approval rating was 44 percent and disapproval number was 24 percent.
Sen. Portman also voted against expanded background checks for gun sales in the Senate Wednesday – it’s hard to say what effect this will have on his approval numbers, although it may have been an attempt to shore up his conservative base after his marriage equality announcement.