Michigan voters shifting views on gay couples

Detroit Free Press
June 7, 2009
In what Glengariff Group pollster Richard Czuba describes as a seismic shift in public opinion, support for gay marriage has nearly doubled in Michigan since a similar poll in 2004. "Marriage equality is now where civil unions were five years ago," Czuba said. [Link]

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Knowing Someone Gay/Lesbian and Talking with Him/Her Affects Views of Gay Issues

Gallup.com
May 29, 2009
The Gallup Poll data show conclusively that many views toward gay and lesbian issues are related -- in some instances, strongly so -- to personal experience with individuals who are gay or lesbian. There are two plausible explanations for this relationship. One is that exposure to gays and lesbians leads to greater acceptance, regardless of one's ideological leanings. [link]

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Poll: Majority of RI Voters Favor Marriage Equality Law

Associated Press
May 27, 2009
A Brown University poll showed 60 percent of registered voters in the state said they would support a law allowing gay couples to marry, and 75 percent said they would support a law allowing civil unions. Thirty-one percent said they would oppose a marriage law. [link]

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BLOG: Hispanics Back Marriage Equality at Same Rates as Whites

FiveThirtyEight
May 26, 2009

Nate Silver blogs about several national and state polls that indicate that support for marriage equality among Hispanic voters is relatively similar to support among white voters. [Link]

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The Way We Live Now:  Queer Developments

New York Times
May 21, 2009
When historians look back on the culture clashes of the 1990s, perhaps the closest thing they will find to a political trendsetter is an oddball like Jesse Ventura, who supported the freedom to marry then and embodied the enlightened libertarianism that would ultimately enable many Americans to accept a once unthinkable idea. History will record that neither then nor later was there a national party he could call his own. [link]

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Marriage views all about age, region

Chicago Sun-Times
May 21, 2009

Younger Americans, more eclectic in their views on social issues and more likely to have friends or family members who are openly gay, are more tolerant of same-sex couples than their parents or grandparents and appear to be more interested in compromise. Over the last 22 years, attitudes about gay rights have changed significantly, especially among the religious, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. [Link]

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Generations Reshape Marriage Equality Debate

USA Today
May 21, 2009
Trends suggest the debate over marriage equality could fade in the not-too-distant future. The states where marriage of gay couples is more tolerated are passing laws allowing it. Younger Americans, more eclectic in their views on social issues and more likely to have friends or family members who are openly gay, are more tolerant of same-sex couples than their parents or grandparents and appear to be more interested in compromise. [link]

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Poll: New York Split On Marriage Equality

MSNBC
May 14, 2009

A new Quinnipiac University poll suggests that New York residents are split on the issue of marriage for gay couples with 46% in support and 46% in opposition. Support for marriage equality has risen since the last Quinnipiac poll in 2004, when only 37% of New York residents were in support. [Link]

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ABC News-Washington Post Poll: 49 Percent Support Marriage Equality, New High

ABC
April 30, 2009

The surprise is that the shift has occurred across ideological groups. While conservatives are least apt to favor gay marriage, they've gone from 10 percent support in 2004 to 19 percent in 2006 and 30 percent now -- overall a 20-point, threefold increase, alongside a 13-point gain among liberals and 14 points among moderates. (Politically, support for the freedom to marry has risen sharply among Democrats and independents alike, while far more slightly among Republicans.) [Link]

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Majority of NH Voters Support Marriage Equality

Blue Hampshire
April 28, 2009

A poll released today by New Hampshire Freedom to Marry shows that 55% of New Hampshire Voters support marriage for lesbian and gay couples, while 39% are opposed. The poll, conducted by UNH Survey Center, surveyed 491 New Hampshire voters from April 13 through the 22. [Link]

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