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USA, Minnesota: 47% Support Marriage Equality, Poll Says

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

titleA new KSTP/SurveyUSA shows marriage equality support in Minnesota at 47%.

On Top Magazine reports:

A KSTP/SurveyUSA poll published last April showed majority (51%) support for allowing gay couples to marry, with 47 percent opposed. According to the latest poll, support has dropped 4 points to 47 percent. Opposition fell from 47 to 45 percent. “This issue has not gone away,” Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute told KSTP. “Voters may have a verdict to make come November.” Pollsters recorded slight decreases in support among Democrats (down 1% from 66%), Republicans (down 2% from 27%) and independents (down 6% from 53%).

But take that “drop” with a grain of salt. The last three polls we have record of show 38% support (3/13); 51% (4/13), and 46% (6/13) – average those out, and you have 45% support, which would make the new poll show an actual increase in support of 2%.

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USA, Louisiana: Marriage Equality Support Up 3% Since 2013

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

titleSupport for marriage equality is inching up in one of the most conservative states in the nation. But even better, opposition is plummeting.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The 2014 Louisiana Survey, conducted by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, found that 42 percent of respondents supported legalizing same-sex marriage, compared to 39 percent a year earlier. While support increased increased on slightly, opposition dropped from 56 percent in 2013 to 47 percent in 2014. And for the first time, more respondents said they believed gay couples should be able to enter into civil unions than didn’t — 47 percent were opposed.

One thing that strikes me here – according to today’s polls, there’s more support for marriage equality in Louisiana than in North Carolina. That seem fishy to anyone else?

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USA, North Carolina: 40% Support Marriage Equality

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

titleA new poll shows that 40% now support marriage equality – a low number, but better than in 2012 when the state passed its ban.

PPP reports:

In 2012 North Carolinians voted by a 22 point margin to ban gay marriage in the state. Now less than 2 years later voters say they oppose gay marriage by only 13 points, mirroring the kind of movement we’ve seen on the issue across the country. 40% say they think it should be legal to 53% who continue to think it should be illegal. Showing the direction things are headed in on the issue, 62% of young voters support it to only 33% who believe it should be illegal. There is increasingly little division among voters in the state about whether gay couples should at least have some sort of legal rights in the form of civil unions. 62% support either marriage or civil unions for same sex couples to only 34% who think they should have no legal recognition at all. 68% of both Democrats and independents support at least civil unions, and even Republicans narrowly do by a 50/48 spread.

Technically speaking, that’s a nine point improvement from 2012′s actual vote. But we have to note that polls in March, 2012, two months before the election, showed a majority (56-60%) opposing the amendment, but in the end it passed with a 61-39% vote.

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USA, Wisconsin: 51% Support Marriage Equality

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

titleA new poll shows majority support for marriage equality.

The Wisconsin Gazette reports:

Polling released today shows support for marriage equality in Wisconsin at 51 percent. The survey was conducted in March by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and released by Fair Wisconsin, the state’s largest LGBT civil rights group. “Just like the rest of the country, Wisconsinites support fairness and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community much more than even just a few years ago,” said Katie Belanger, president and CEO of Fair Wisconsin, in a news release today (April 8).

State after state is crossing the 50% threshold, but we’d love to see it at two-thirds, like in Ireland.

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Ireland: Marriage Equality Support Reaches Two Thirds

Monday, April 7th, 2014

titleA new poll out of Ireland shows marriage equality support at an amazing level, going into a referendum next year on the issue.

The Irish Times reports:

Asked how they plan to vote in the referendum on the issue, promised by the Government next year, 67 per cent said they would vote Yes, 21 per cent No and 12 per cent were undecided. The corresponding figures in an Irish Times poll in November 2012 were 53 per cent Yes, 30 per cent No, and 17 per cent undecided… When the undecided are excluded from the current poll, the Yes figure is 76 per cent with 24 per cent No, compared to a figure of 64 per cent Yes and 36 per cent No in November 2012. The poll also shows voters are of the view that a traditional family of a father and mother is best suited to bringing up children by comparison with any other combination.

That’s an amazing level of support – if this passes next year, Northern Ireland will be the only part of the islands that doesn’t have marriage equality.

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USA, Virginia: New Poll Says Marriage Equality Support at 50%

Monday, March 31st, 2014

titleA new poll shows that half of Virginians support marriage equality.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports:

Support for same-sex marriage among Virginia voters remains unchanged since last summer, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a new poll finds. Up to 50 percent favor allowing gay marriage, while 42 percent oppose it, according to a poll released by Quinnipiac University this morning… Same-sex marriage finds stronger support among women, 54 percent to 38 percent. Men are divided, with 46 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed. \0x200BMarriage equality also remains a partisan issue, with 69 percent to 22 percent among Democrats and 52 percent to 42 percent among independent voters. Republicans oppose it with 70 percent to 23 percent.

Polls last year showed a range of support from 45-55%, so this one is right in the middle.

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Vietnam: 33.7% Support Marriage Equality

Monday, March 31st, 2014

titleThere’s a new poll out on Vietnamese support for marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

New polling has found that one in three people in Vietnam are supportive of same-sex couples being allowed to marry while only a slim majority are opposed. The ‘Social Perspectives on Same-Sex Marriage’ study polled over 5,000 Vietnamese people and found that 52.9% of the participants oppose same-sex marriage while 33.7 percent support it. 41.2% supported the idea of same-sex couples living together as a household and 62% admitted to knowing of a same-sex couple who were living together.

Vietnam’s marriage equality movement has been slowly growing, and last year the country got rid of fines for same sex couples holding wedding ceremonies, although they are not officially recognized.

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USA: Americans Like Gays More Than Evangelicals

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

titleA new poll shows gays have higher favorable ratings and lower unfavorables with the American public.

Towleroad.com reports:

A new bipartisan study commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign and Americans for Marriage Equality found that 53 percent of Americans view gay people favorably, while only 42 percent of Americans view Evangelical Christians favorably. Gays do better on the other end of the spectrum as well, with just 18 percent of respondents viewing gays unfavorably compared to 28 percent for Evangelical Christians.

The survey of 1000 likely 2016 voters was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting. Among the survey’s other main findings: There has been a huge shift toward social equality, with favorability ratings for “gay and lesbian” people increasing and the number of people who knows a gay or lesbian person reaching 75 percent. Even in football, the crucible of American culture, voters (79%-16%) judge a player by his ability, not his orientation.

Amazing – I grew up always being the unpopular kid – the skinny one – the gay one. And now I find out we’re all the popular kids. How cool is that?

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USA: New Poll Says 81% of Players Ready for Gay Player

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Major League BaseballA new poll shows a surprising level of support for an out gay baseball player in the ranks.

Outsports reports:

ESPN The Magazine interviewed 143 Major League Baseball players on a variety of subjects, including PED use, most overrated and underrated players, and this question on gay players:

Do you agree or disagree with [Yankees manager] Joe Girardi that MLB is ready for an openly gay player?

NL All-Star: “We come in here and we’re all trying to do the same thing. Who cares what a guy does in his own time?”

NL infielder: “Are there people who are going to give a guy a hard time? Yeah, but not too many. There will be a couple of jerks. But the majority of people are going to be like, ‘So what?’”

In the poll, 81% of the players said they agreed with Girardi. This is not a scientific survey but does represent about 20% of players in the league so it’s a healthy sample.

The poll follows an earlier poll, from June of 2013, that showed that baseball was the least supportive of marriage equality (45%), behind basketball (46%), the NFL (61%), and Hockey (an astounding 91%).

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Japan: 52.4% Oppose Marriage Equality

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

titleAlthough 74.6% think Japanese society is unkind to gays, a slight majority still opposes marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

A nationwide poll conducted by Nihon Yoro Chosa-kai on behalf of Kyodo News, and showed that 52.4% of Japanese adults said they opposed or somewhat opposed marriage rights for gay couples. This figure was compared to 42.3% who supported, or somewhat supported same-sex marriage. The poll also found that 19.7% of adults believed that society was kind or somewhat kind of sexual minorities, compared to 74.6% who said they thought society was unkind. 5.7% said they did not know.

Women support it, and 70% of adults in their twenties and thirties also support it… just like in the US, it’s only a matter of time.

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