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76% in Ireland Support Marriage Equality, and 90% Under 24

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Ireland Poll

A new poll from Ireland shows huge levels of support for marriage equality.

The Irish Journal reports:

A new poll shows 76% support for same-sex marriage in Ireland, ahead of this summer’s referendum. The Red C poll was carried out by phone among 1002 people. The referendum will be held in May. It shows that 81% of women and 72% of men polled supported marriage for same-sex couples. People aged 18 – 24 were most likely to support it, with support generally declining as the age of those polled increased. The news has been welcomed by Ireland’s human rights watchdog, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Its director, Mark Kelly, said that the poll “is further evidence of the deep repository of goodwill amongst voters in Ireland towards full equality for same sex couples.”

Now if they’ll just show up for the referendum…

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New Survey: 62% of Americans Support Marriage Equality

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

titleA new Rand survey shows a surprising bump in marriage equality support in the US.

Newsweek reports:

On Oct. 5, 2014, the Supreme Court announced that it would not review several federal appeals courts decisions against bans on same-sex (“gay”) marriage, which effectively meant same-sex marriage would be legal in 24 states. Following this announcement, one set of questions we asked focused on people’s attitudes toward the legalization of gay marriage. We first asked whether they favored legalizing or prohibiting gay marriage, then we asked if they thought the legality of gay marriage should be decided by each state, for all states based on the U.S. Constitution, or if they were unsure… Overall, the majority of the country supports the legalization of gay marriage: 62.4 percent.

Overall, 54.9% thought the issue should be decided Federally, not on a state by state basis, and support was also higher in states that had marriage equality before 10/5/14, when the US Supreme Court’s non decision opened the door for more than a dozen new marriage equality states.

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New Poll: 34% in Nebraska Support Marriage Equality

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Nebraska Poll

A new poll shows a majority still oppose marriage equality in the state, but a minority in Omaha are against it.

Omaha.com reports:

A majority of Nebraskans 54 percent oppose the legalization of gay marriage in the state, according to a World-Herald statewide poll. In Omaha, however, more people supported than opposed gay marriage: 46 percent in support, 41 percent opposed. The poll comes as supporters of same-sex marriage prepare to challenge the states gay-marriage ban in court. The ACLU of Nebraska and others filed a lawsuit in federal court last month, arguing that the 2000 ban violates the constitutional rights of gay people to marry.

The new poll shows a slight increase from 2012, when a poll showed that 32% of Nebraskans supported marriage equality, but it also shows a big drop in opposition – the ban originally passed in 2000 with 70% support.

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USA, Pennsylvania: Marriage Equality Support Jumps, New Poll Says

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

titleMarriage equality support in Pennsylvania has almost doubled in the last ten years, a new poll says.

McCall.com reports:

More than six in 10 Pennsylvanians say they support same-sex marriage, showing a dramatic reversal of views in the commonwealth over the past decade. The finding is part of a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll, which surveyed 500 Pennsylvanians during late November and early December. Asked if they believe marriages between gay and lesbian couples should be legally recognized and granted the same rights as traditional marriages, 62 percent of respondents said yes, 32 percent said no, and 6 percent were undecided. Those figures were inverted when the college’s pollsters asked about the issue in 2004, when only one state, Massachusetts, recognized marriages of gay or lesbian couples. At that time, 35 percent of Pennsylvanians said they supported legalizing same-sex marriage and 54 percent were opposed.

It’s amazing to see support crack the 60% level. I’d love to see some new polling out of the few states that still don’t recognize marriage equality.

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South Korea: Marriage Equality Support Reaches 35%

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

titleA new poll shows that marriage equality support is on the rise in South Korea.

Gay Star News reports:

The majority of South Korea still opposes gay marriage although there has been a significant changes in attitude over the past decade, according to a new survey. A Gallup poll released last week (12 December) found that 35% of respondents were in favor of legalizing gay marriage, more than double the proportion 13 years ago. In the same period, opposition to gay marriage fell from 67% from to 56%.

We’re still a long way from majority support, but the change is encouraging, and 85% now support equal opportunities for gays and lesbians in the workplace.

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53% Support Marriage Equality in Wyoming

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

titleWyoming has now joined the ranks of states that approve of marriage equality.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The new poll by the University of Wyoming found 53 percent of respondents supported marriage for same-sex couples, compared to 39 percent opposed. The poll results represent a significant increase over the last 10 years in support for marriage equality. In 2004, only 24 percent of Wyoming residents supported legalizing same-sex marriage. “This represents a notable shift in public opinion,” said Jim King, a University of Wyoming professor of political science and a co-director of the survey. “Two years ago, 55 percent of Wyomingites disapproved of same-sex marriage and 40 percent approved. We’ve seen a reversal in those numbers.”

Folks, that’s a 29% increase in just 10 years, with almost half of that coming since 2012. Amazing!

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UK: New Poll Shows Conservative Opposition to Marriage Equality Dropping

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

titleA new YouGov poll shows that only a bare majority of the country’s most conservative voters now oppose marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

A YouGov survey into the views of supporters of political parties uncovered data suggesting that people who vote for UKIP are increasingly at odds with some of the party’s right-wing members. The data found that just 51 percent of the party’s supporters remain opposed to equal marriage – with 39 percent now in favour. Same-sex marriage has the support of the majority in all other parties, however, with 77 percent of Lib Dems, 68 percent of Labour voters and 53 percent of Conservatives in favour. Marriage equality is opposed by 35 percent of Tories, 21 percent of Labour supporters, and just 14 percent of Liberal Democrats.

Marriage equality came to England and Wales, and the sky didn’t fall. That tends to take a lot of the wind out of the opposition’s sails.

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71% in Indiana Want US Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Equality Issue

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

titleA new poll Indiana highlights the fact that the state is ready for the fight over marriage equality to be over.

WISH-TV reports:

Gay marriage has been legal in Indiana for just over two months as the result of a federal appeals court ruling. That follows a battle that lasted more than a decade in the General Assembly and the Hoosier Survey found that support for gay marriage has leveled off… 47 percent favor it. That’s down a tick from 48 percent a year ago, but it’s still a tick above the 46 percent who remain opposed… Curiously, the Hoosier Survey found greater support for gay marriage in other states. 56 percent say that marriages conducted elsewhere should be recognized here, with just 40 percent opposed… But here’s the most interesting finding in the Hoosier Survey: more than two-thirds, 71 percent, would like to see the U.S. Supreme Court end the legal wrangling. Just 24 percent like the status quo.

Barring a surprise overturning of marriage equality in 33 states by the US Supreme Court, the fight IS over in Indiana.

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60% in Hong Kong Back LGBT Protections

Monday, November 10th, 2014

titleA new survey in Hong Kong showed a high level of support for protections for the LGBT community.

Gay Star News reports:

The paper, published by the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), comes two weeks after a three-month public consultation on the city’s anti-discrimination laws. ‘Our survey found that a majority of Hong Kong people hold generally favorable views of gays and lesbians, and a majority support enacting legislation to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. Only 20% of the public said that they disagree with such legislation,’ the report said.

An overwhelming majority of respondents, 83 per cent, said parents should love their children regardless of their sexual orientation. In contrast, only 16 per cent of respondents said that their acceptance of an individual was affected by the individual’s sexual orientation and 28 per cent said gays and lesbians were immoral.

Of course, Hong Kong is one of the most liberal parts of China, having been under British rule until 1997. But still, it’s an encouraging sign.

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Taiwan Poll: 68% Back Marriage Equality

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Taiwan - Google MapsIn another poll surprise, an unexpectedly high number of people in Taiwan back marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

A poll released today found that 67.5% of Taiwanese people support the legalization of gay marriage. Pollster Online Survey polled 1,660 respondents aged 13 and above via mobile phone and email on 30 October. It followed the previous week’s Taiwan Pride parade, which drew 70,000 people on to the streets to demand marriage equality.

That’s up from 54% last year – will the legislature finally start to move on the marriage equality bill?

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