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Americans For Equality, a new bipartisan coalition has formed with the support of the Human Rights Campaign and on March 27 released a new and in depth poll on marriage equality. The poll’s release marked the one year anniversary of oral arguments in United States v. Windsor that resulted in the defeat of DOMA and Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Supreme Court case which ended CaliforniaÕs Prop 8 ban and took place March 26, 2013.
With more than 50 cases filed in 27 states, it remains illegal for gay couples to marry in 33 states, 29 of which still have state constitutional bans on marriage in effect. The coalition’s press release described the work ahead as “the next phase in the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide.”
The results of the bipartisan study of likely 2016 voters was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and TargetPoint Consulting. The study shows that as support for marriage equality continues to grow, voters’ attitudes toward the LGBT community and the implications of marriage equality have also shifted.
This survey probes deeper than previous polls on marriage equality, exploring which groups have evolved on the issue, voters’ assumptions around marriage equality, and what voters believe a country where marriage equality is legal would look like.
The survey shows a huge shift toward social equality, with favorability ratings for “gay and lesbian” people increasing and the number of people who know a gay or lesbian person reaching 75 percent.
The poll shows a 55 percent majority supports marriage equality with young people at the vanguard of change. The survey also shows increased support among older voters, Catholics, non-college educated voters, and Republicans.
Rather than uniform opposition, marriage equality now splits the right, with younger conservatives disagreeing with older conservatives.
Pro-marriage equality forces are winning the fight over kids, culture, and even faith, the issues that have traditionally inhibited support for marriage equality.
But the most important findings in this survey are some of the assumptions voters draw about what the country would look like if gay marriage were legal in 50 states. Nearly 8 in 10 voters believe there would be less discrimination, it would be easier to grow up gay, and same-sex families would have more protection.
The study of 1,000 likely 2016 voters was conducted March 9 through March 16 with a margin of error of 3.1 percent. The pollster over sampled likely voters under 30 and reached 38 percent of respondents by cellphone in an effort to accurately sample the full American electorate, the study said.
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