Sunday, May 24, 2009

NYC Poll Finds Residents Split on Marriage Equality

A poll ran by NY1 of New York City residents shows a split between them over the potential legalization of same-sex marriage in the state.

The question posed: Do you favor or oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State?

Favor 46%
Oppose 42%
Not sure 11%
Refused to say 1%

The report findings state:
• New Yorkers are divided on the issue of same sex marriage, with 46% saying they favor the legislation and 42% opposed.

• Opinion on this issue is related to age, race, gender and education, with 56 percent of those under 30 in favor versus only 32 percent of those over 65, 51 percent of whites in favor versus 34 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Latinos, 51 percent of women in favor versus only 39 percent of men, and 52 percent of those with a post graduate education in favor versus 38 percent of those with no college.

• Religion is an important factor, but it also reflects the race differences on this question. Jews favor same-sex marriage 48 percent to 39 percent, while among Catholics, who are mostly white or Latino in the city, there is a split 45 percent to 45 percent, and among Protestants, who in New York City are largely black, the view is more negative (37 percent favor and 49 percent oppose).

• Manhattanites are by far the most in favor at 6 percent in favor/30percent oppose, while Queens is most opposed at 37 percent in favor/50 percent oppose.
See interesting video of New York City residents answering the question.

I'd be curious to know what the ridiculous, anti-gay Sen. Ruben Diaz and his cronies think of these numbers, because despite the fact that they're close, marriage equality is winning. Nothing like using the word of God as an excuse to not listen to those around you.

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