Thursday, September 17, 2009

New National AP Poll Shows Marriage Equality Opponents Still Outnumber Supporters

The recent "AP-National Constitution Center Poll" released yesterday asked citizens a variety of questions on topics ranging from the U.S. Constitution, health care and marriage equality.

"The poll found a small majority in support of extending to same-sex couples the same benefits given to married, heterosexual couples," the AP reports. "By a similar margin, however, Americans oppose government recognition of gay marriage."

1,001 adults were interviewed between September 3 - September 8, 2009. The poll contains a +/- 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

Two questions were asked in regards to marriage equality.

1. Should state governments give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex?

2. Should the Federal government give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex?

Download the full poll. Check out prior polls on UTF's poll page.

We have come a long way in a relatively short amount of time in garnering support for marriage equality, but this indicates we still have a lot of work to do.

Currently, Maine is fighting to keep its marriage equality law from be overturned at the ballot. They're facing the same people who passed Prop 8 in California.

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  1. Wow! These numbers are actually fantastic. A single-digit spread on marriage in a national poll? That is incredible and it may show that having 5 states w/ marriage equality as opposed to 1 is making a difference.

    It wasn't too long ago that national polls would show 4-1 or 3-1 margins against marriage. More recently, you could expect support for marriage to creep up to the 40 percent plus range in very blue states. But to see that nationally has got to send a chill down the spines of the anti-gays. Obviously, there is a way to go to get to 50%, but it is in sight now.
    If we can win Maine by popular vote and then add DC and New Jersey, that will really be the death knell for the other side.

    United, can you score us some polling data from Maine? There hasn't been any public polling on this, only private internal stuff. Surely you have some Deep Throat who can tell us what is going on.

  2. Sorry, correction to the above. Polls over the past 10 years would show margins of 3-1 or 2-1 against, never 4-1. Math error. My bad.

  3. I agree with you that the numbers are good. Like I said, we've come a long way. Just got to keep up the hard work to cross that finish line.

    As for Maine polling info, I was looking into that already. Nothing yet.