Poll Shows Majority in NY Supports Marriage Equality

A majority of New Yorkers support gay marriage and Gov. Paterson’s attempt to legalize it, a new poll shows.

A Siena College poll released Monday found that by 53% to 39% margin, those surveyed say the state Senate should pass legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, virtually ensuring it would become law.

The poll is believed to be the first showing a majority of New Yorkers supporting gay marriage.

Democrats strongly support it by a 59% to 35% margin while Republicans oppose it by virtually the same tally, 59% to 31%.

Support for gay marriage is strongest in the city. It’s virtually evenly split in the suburbs and upstate.

Unlike other recent polls, Siena did not throw the possibility of civil unions into the mix. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 41% support gay marriage, one-third support civil unions and 19% said there should be no legal recognition.

via Has gay marriage reached a tipping point in New York?

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