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USA: 58% Say Homosexuality is Morally Acceptable or Neutral

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

titleA new Pew Research poll finds that a large majority of Americans now think being gay is morally acceptable.

On Top Magazine reports:

The Pew Research Center’s latest “global morality survey” of 40 nations finds wide acceptance for gays among European Union (EU) countries, with Spain leading the way… In the United States, 37 percent say being gay is morally unacceptable, while 58 percent say it is either morally acceptable (23%) or not a moral issue (35%). Greater support is found in Canada, where 80 percent say being gay is either morally acceptable (30%) or not a moral issue (50%). Only 15 percent of Canadians say being gay is morally unacceptable.

What a difference ten years makes.

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USA, Texas: Plurality Now Supports Marriage Equality

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

titleWe’re not at 50% yet, but this is the best polling we’ve seen out of Texas for marriage equality.

Joe.My.God reports:

According to a new independent poll conducted by Texas Tech, for the first time more Texans support marriage equality than oppose it. But only barely. “In the past, support for gay marriage in this state was below 40 percent,” he said. “Now, were closely divided on the issue. 48 percent of Texans think gay marriage should be recognized whereas 47 percent are against. Democrats and Independents strongly support gay marriage, while Republicans are strongly opposed to it.” The poll also shows that 44% of Texans approve of the Tea Party.

When we’re at the point where almost half of Texans support marriage equality, you know things have shifted.

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Peru: Poll Says 61% Oppose Civil Unions

Monday, April 21st, 2014

titleIn an ironic twist, a majority opposes a civil unions bill, while majorities or near-majorities support almost everything it would do.

On Top Magazine reports:

According to Lima daily El Comercio, only 33 percent of Peruvians support civil unions, while 61 percent remain opposed. The paper found near majority support for the rights outlined in the bill, including the right of partners to make critical health care decisions (52%), inherit property and assets (49%), and access a partner’s pension (52%). Fifty-four percent also support the right to access a partner’s health insurance. A large majority (58%) of Peruvians do not believe such rights should be put to a vote of the people.

It reminds me of the Affordable Care Act, which has less than 50% support here in the US, while most of its provisions enjoy strong support. Are Peruvians so blinded by homophobia that they can’t see the forest for the trees?

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New Global Poll: Gays More Acceptable Than Gambling, Adultery

Monday, April 21st, 2014

PewGlobal1Pew research just released the results of a 40 country survey on “morality”.

Joe.My.God reports:

Pew Research has issued a report on a “global morality survey” they conducted last spring. As you can see above, homosexuality averaged out to be somewhat more acceptable than adultery and gambling in the 40 countries surveyed. In the USA: An overwhelming majority of Americans said extramarital affairs were morally unacceptable. But fewer Americans said that abortion was unacceptable (49%), with 17% saying abortion was morally acceptable and 23% saying it was not a moral issue. Meanwhile, less than four-in-ten Americans are strongly opposed to homosexuality (37% unacceptable), premarital sex (30%), gambling (24%), divorce (22%) and alcohol usage (16%). For these issues, a majority of Americans said that they were either morally acceptable or not a moral issue. And when it came to the issue of contraceptive use, only 7% said this was unacceptable.

While we seem to be nearing the end of the marriage equality fight in the US, globally we still have a long way to go, folks.

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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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