Poll: Biggest-ever majority of New Yorkers supports marriage
January 27, 2011
A new survey by the independent Quinnipiac University has found that the clear majority of New Yorkers who support the freedom to marry has gotten even bigger. The share in favor is now at 56 percent, with 37 percent against. That's virtually the opposite of the results from when the poll first started asking about the issue in 2004. Back then, only 37 percent were in favor and 55 percent against.
Evan Wolfson, Founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, said "Today’s poll is yet another confirmation that a strong majority of New Yorkers believe that loving and committed same-sex couples should share in the freedom to marry. New Yorkers, like all Americans, see their gay neighbors, co-workers, and family members and realize that their commitment and families deserve the same fairness, the same treatment, and the same respect under the law as everyone else’s."
The results show that support runs statewide – it's highest among suburban residents, who come in at 61 percent in favor. In New York City support is 55 percent, and it's 54 percent in upstate New York.
Wolfson added, "The Assembly has passed a freedom to marry bill three times. Governor Cuomo has urged and promised action to end this exclusion. It is indeed time to act. Both chambers should swiftly send a marriage bill to the governor’s desk so that New York can move forward together, as New Yorkers want and deserve.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for the state legislature to pass a bill.