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.
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.