Sunday, March 13, 2005

Voters on S-S Marriage

Today’s Boston Globe includes poll results of 501 Massachusetts adults conducted by the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Survey Center March 5 through 8. It had questions on both same-sex marriage and stem-cell research. Let’s assume that neither topic nor the question phrasing skewed the results.

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The article's conclusions include:
Support for gay marriage comes primarily from Democrat's, those under 35 years of age, people with post-graduate educations, and those with no religious affiliation. Republicans are more likely to oppose gay marriage. Protestants were split on the issue, and Catholics opposed legalized gay marriage by 49-44 percent, within the margin of error.

(Andrew E. Smith, the UNH center’s director) said that the strong support from the 18-to-34-year-old age group shows that controversy over gay marriage will fade as older people who tend to oppose gay marriage begin to due.
The following results are for the same-sex-marriage set. I have paraphrased the much longer questions.

SHOULD SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BE LEGAL?



YES NO DON'T KNOW
OVERALL 56 37 7
PARTY AFFILIATION


Democrat 63 32 5
Republican 39 56 5
Undeclared 52 40 8
GENDER


Female 60 33 6
Male 51 41 7
AGE


18-34 71 26 3
35-49 53 37 10
50-64 57 37 5
65= 42 52 6
RELIGION


Protestant 47 47 6
Roman Catholic 49 44 7
Other 60 35 5
None 80 12 8

POTENTIAL 2006 SAME-SEX BALLOT QUESTION


YES NO DON'T KNOW
Should question be on ballot?
54 41 5
Would you vote for it?
45 45 10

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