Poll tracks plurality of Utahns support the freedom to marry, ready for SCOTUS to rule
September 29, 2014
Today, September 29, a new statewide poll conducted by Benenson Strategy Group for Freedom to Marry found that a plurality of Utahns – 49% in favor versus 48% opposed – agree that same sex-couples should be able to share in the freedom to marry and receive a civil marriage license in Utah. The poll was conducted last week and surveyed 500 adults over 18 across the state.
The poll also demonstrated that a large majority - 67% - of Utah voters want the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a marriage case and bring the country to national resolution on whether same-sex couples can marry. Moreover, it showed that 61% of Utahns believe that marriage for same-sex couples in Utah is inevitable and will happen in the next five years. Significantly, the poll also shows that 94% believe that same-sex couples being able to marry will not impact their own marriage, 84% saying it won’t impact their family, and 65% saying it won’t adversely impact the state.
These numbers come as the Supreme Court begins its term with the "long conference," where it will consider hundreds of petitions from cases seeking review, including Utah's marriage case, Herbert v. Kitchen, and four other marriage cases.
Freedom to Marry has been proud to invest resources into Utah - including its partnership with Equality Utah, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and other organizations working on the public education campaign Utah Unites for Marriage, this year.
Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson explained today:
This poll shows that the people of Utah, like Americans all across the country, already support or are ready to live with the freedom to marry. Utahns, like Americans generally, believe the Supreme Court should act now and will rule in favor. Indeed, when the freedom to marry has come to states like Utah, there has been little or no real opposition or concern – even those who are less than keen know it’s coming and doesn’t affect their lives, their families, their marriages, or their community. The ‘dog that didn’t bark’ is further proof that America is ready for the freedom to marry and that it’s time for the Court to bring the country to national resolution.
Joel Benenson, founder and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group, added:
When the freedom to marry is supported by a plurality in Utah, one of our most conservative states, it demonstrates that there is an irreversible trend taking place and that this trend is accelerating at a pace not previously seen on any issue.
Every day that same-sex couples are denied the freedom to marry - in Utah and beyond - real American families are hurt. Anti-marriage laws prevent same-sex couples from fairly accessing Social Security protections, interfere with parenting rights, and can result in tragic situations - like the loss of a partner or spouse - becoming even worse without the protections of marriage. Read more about the harms of marriage denial here.