California Field Poll Finds Growing Support for Marriage Equality

Today’s Field Poll shows for the first time a MAJORITY of Californians approve of allowing same gender couples the right to marry. The random survey of registered voters, taken over 9 days in late May shows support for marriage equality at 51% and disapproval at 42% with 7% having no opinion on the issue.WC

This shift is truly historic, coming at a time when the state Supreme Court has ruled that discrimination with respect to marriage rights is unconstitutional and with the possibility of a “marriage protection” ballot measure looming in November.

For many years, support for marriage equality has been growing in California and across the country. Read more about the survey in the continuation.Support for marriage equality is highest among voters under 30, Democrats, self-described liberals, and residents of LA, SF, and coastal counties. Surprisingly high support can be found among Latinos (49% for, 42% against), voters in their 30s (58 to 34%) and 40s (51 to 42%), decline to state/third party voters (61 to 27%), and voters who consider themselves “middle of the road” (53 to 35%).

When the potential ballot initiative is tested, support for marriage equality INCREASES slightly, depending upon how the question is phrased.

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.2%. Today’s entire release from the Field Poll can be found here.

  4 comments for “California Field Poll Finds Growing Support for Marriage Equality

  1. taotebjp
    May 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Thank God. Perhaps we are finally growing as a society and embracing REAL values (Love and commitment, for instance) as opposed to fear, hatred and ignorance. Perhaps the pendulum has reached its’ apex and is now swinging back toward the center from the extreme right.

  2. Carl Weibel
    May 28, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    It looks like the religious right’s “will of the people overturned” talking point is being proven wrong. I’m glad that the majority of Californians are growing up and leaving prejudice and ignorance behind. Unfortunately, the religious right isn’t dead yet. I got a mailer from a right-wing “values voter” group called the “Family, Faith and Freedom Association”. Apparently, they are trying to start a recall effort against Justice Ron George for having the nerve to make a ruling they didn’t agree with by overturning Prop 22. Not only that, but they have a petition inside their voter guide to eliminate sexual orientation from the groups that are protected from discriminatory treatment in schools. These people (the religious right) are the reason I became politically active–to stop them!

    Bad news for Janet Nguyen…these maniacs endorsed her!

  3. Joey
    May 28, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Yes, there are many people ignorant here but why come out with the name calling just because we are just practicing our religous freedoms.

    Why can’t there be tolerance here?

  4. Carl Weibel
    May 28, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Joey-I wasn’t describing all members of any particular religion or all religious people. I was describing a very divisive right wing political movement that desecrates religion by using it as a weapon. I know many people of faith that are 100% opposed to the religious right! Like the saying goes: “The Religious Right Is Neither”.

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