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US Marriage Equality Support Reaches 56%, Opposition Drops to 37%

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

titleA new poll shows that opposition to marriage equality has dropped to a new low.

Pink News reports:

The New York Times/CBS poll, released this week, asked voters: “Do you think it should be legal or not legal for same-sex couples to marry?” The long-running poll recorded 56% of people in favour of same-sex marriage across the US, while just 37% now oppose it. The poll, which has run with the same wording for several years, registered a three-point drop in opposition from a similar poll conducted in July this year, when 40% of people had still opposed same-sex marriage. The 37% finding also demonstrates a sharp fall in opposition from just two years ago, with a July 2012 poll finding 44% opposition.

I wonder what those 7% in the middle are thinking?

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North Carolina Marriage Equality Support Reaches 45%

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

titleA new poll shows support has outpaced opposition to marriage equality in North Carolina.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

An Elon University Poll surveyed more than 1,000 North Carolinians and found that 45 percent support gay marriage. Opposition stood at 43 percent. Twelve percent of respondents said they didn’t know or had no opinion. The results are still within the poll’s margin of error, but pollsters say it’s the first time in the history of their polling they’ve seen support for gay marriage rise above opposition. “Support for gay marriage has picked up 4 percentage points since a spring poll and opposition has dropped 3 percentage points,” Elon University Poll said in a release. “It is the first time that Elon University Poll has found support for gay marriage to be greater than opposition, though it is within the margin of error.”

Remember, the state’s ban passed 61% to 38% just two years ago.

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New Poll: 61% Support Marriage Equality in the Faroe Islands

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

titleA new poll out of the Faroe Islands, and autonomous country in the Kingdom of Denmark, shows that 61% support marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

The Islands – an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark – maintain control over their own marriage laws. The recent Gallup poll interviewed 600 people on their views towards same-sex marriage. 61% of respondents say they support same-sex marriage, while 32% of respondents say they are against. The rest say that they don’t know. Denmark legalised same-sex marriage in 2012, but the law does not apply to the Faroe Islands, where same-sex relationships are not recognised.

The government voted down a marriage equality bill earlier this year.

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New Poll: Almost 90% of Chinese Accept Gays

Friday, September 5th, 2014

titleA new poll out of China shows that almost 90% of young people there accept gays and lesbians.

Gay Star News reports:

An overwhelming majority of Chinese young people are fine with gay people, according to a recent survey. About 87% of respondents said they accepted gay people, compared to 13% who said they did not understand homosexuality. The survey was conducted by internet giant Baidu, the Chinese version of Google and Wikipedia, and asked 7,000 internets users born in the 1990s their views on love, friendship, consumption, family and employment.

No word on whether that support extends to marriage equality.

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New Florida Marriage Equality Poll: 46% Support Ban, 45% Opposed

Friday, September 5th, 2014

titleWe still have a ways to go on marriage equality support in the state of Florida. A new Florida poll shows that more people support the ban that oppose it.

News 13 reports:

“Everyone should have their say in who they should respectively be with and not who the government says they should be with,” said Rosie Snow, same-sex marriage supporter. However, the majority of Floridians did not feel that way just six years ago when they passed the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. “It’s like who really cares, who’s doing what with another person as long as you love them. Who really cares, right?” questioned Jay McMasters, supporter of same-sex marriage. So who does care? We asked the question in our exclusive Florida Decides statewide poll. It turns out that 46 percent of likely voters polled said they want to keep same-sex marriage illegal in the state, with nearly 45 percent of voters saying the law should be overturned.

Of course, that’s a huge improvement from the 61.9% of Floridians who voted for the ban in 2008.

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New Poll Says Only 28% Worldwide Think Their Country Is Gay Friendly

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

titleA new Gallup Poll found that the vast majority of people in the world think their country is not gay friendly.

Gay Star News reports:

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians. Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians. People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was ‘a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement. Iceland was the next most gay friendly country, followed by Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The lowest scores? Only one percent of respondents in Senegal and Pakistan viewed their country as being gay friendly. I know which countries cross off my travel list for the year.

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Ireland Marriage Equality Poll: 86% Support Same Sex Relationships

Monday, August 18th, 2014

titleA new poll out of Ireland shows some of the strongest support for same sex couples that we’ve ever seen.

Pink News reports:

A poll in Ireland has found that 86% of people approve of same-sex relationships. The poll – conducted by the Sunday Times – surveyed 954 people, and found overwhelming support for same-sex couples… Kieran Rose, of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network said: “This is another welcome demonstration of the transformation in attitudes to lesbian and gay people and of the generosity of Irish voters in their willingness to extend equal status and dignity to lesbian and gay people and lesbian and gay headed families.

The new poll bodes well for the planned 2015 referendum on marriage equality in the country.

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Utah Marriage Equality Poll: 61% Opposed

Monday, August 18th, 2014

titleA new Utah marriage equality poll shows pretty much what you’d expect – almost two-thirds are opposed to it.

UtahPolicy.com reports:

A new Zions Bank/UtahPolicy.com poll, conducted by Dan Jones and Cicero Group, shows that 61 percent of Utahns oppose same sex marriage; only 29 percent support it. And by far most “very active” Mormons oppose same sex marriage (88 percent), as their religion now teaches. At the same time, those who told Jones that they have no religion, 88 percent favor same sex marriage. A complete flip-flop connected to Mormons and the unreligious. Even though most Utahns – 61 percent – oppose same sex marriage, 58 percent believe the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately rule unconstitutional Utah’s state ban denying gay couples the right to marry.

As the article concludes, things are unlikely to change much unless and until wither the Mormon Church approves marriage equality, non-Mormons become a majority, or the younger Utahns grow up and replace their more conservative elders.

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USA: New Marriage Equality Poll Pegs Support at 54%

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

titleA new poll from the Marist Institute shows support at 54% overall, while support form those 18-29 is at 75%.

LGBT Weekly reports:

The sea change in attitudes is being propelled by two major forces, the poll found. First, people aged 18-29 overwhelmingly favor same-sex marriage. Second, the ranks of Americans who say they know someone who’s gay has skyrocketed over the last decade and a half. And those who know someone who’s gay are almost twice as likely to support same-sex marriage, the survey found.

According to the poll: Adults now support same-sex marriage by 54-38 percent. For more than a decade, only about a third of Americans supported the idea, ranging from 27 percent in 1996, as measured by the Pew Research Center, to 35 percent in 2009. Support has increased steadily since then, however. In 2011, a plurality supported same-sex marriage for the first time. And in 2013, a majority of adults said for the first time that they favored it.

Gay Star News flags another part of the poll:

…the ranks of Americans who say they know someone who’s gay has skyrocketed over the last decade and a half… Of the over 1,035 adults interviewed via telephone for the poll, those 18-29 were overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage, the number who actually know a gay person has surpassed 70%, and those who know someone gay are almost twice as likely to support same-sex marriage.

It’s much harder to sanction discrimination against someone that you know than when he’s a perfect stranger.

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Half of Hispanics Back Marriage Equality

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

titleA new poll shows that 50% of Hispanics now support marriage equality in the US.

CBS News reports:

Hispanics are more in step with a majority of Americans on the issue of same sex marriage. More Hispanics think same-sex marriage should be legal (50 percent) than not legal (44 percent). Fifty-four percent of non-Hispanics think it should be legal, compared to 39 percent who say it shouldn’t be. As is the case with the public overall, younger Hispanics are more likely than those who are older to support same-sex marriage. Among Hispanics, views on these issues differ depending on whether they were born in this country, or immigrated here from somewhere else. Those born in the U.S. are more supportive of abortion rights and same-sex marriage. On the health care law, Hispanics born outside the U.S. are more likely to approve of it, while those born here are more divided.

An earlier study showed that Asians in San Francisco who were born there were also much more supportive of marriage equality and the LGBT community than recent immigrants.

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