Poll Finds Majority of New Yorkers Support the Freedom to Marry

Quinnipiac University

January 2011

A Quinnipiac University poll found by the highest margin ever, 56 – 37 percent, New York State voters support marriage for same-sex couples. This poll corresponds with a recent Siena Research Institute poll, which also found a clear majority (57-38) of New Yorkers support the freedom to marry.

The poll reported majority support for the freedom to marry among Democrats (69 - 25) independent voters (55 - 39), men (54 - 40), women (58 – 34), suburban voters (61 – 33 percent), and upstate voters (54 – 39 percent). New York State voter attitudes about the freedom to marry have shifted dramatically since April 15, 2004, when Quinnipiac University first asked about marriage for same-sex couples and found voters opposed the measure 55 – 37 percent. [PDF]