What people in New York State think about the legalization of same-sex marriage?

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NY1/YNN-Marist Poll
Majority Supports Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage…
63% Want Law to Remain in Place

This NY1/YNN-Marist Poll Reports:

Same-sex marriage has been legal in New York State for just a couple of weeks, but do New York State residents support the law? According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, a majority of adults in New York favor the law, and more than six in ten do not want the legislation to be overturned.

Key findings include:
• 55% of New York State adults support the legalization of same-sex marriage. 36% oppose it, and 9% are unsure.
• Similar proportions of registered voters share these views. 55% of voters statewide favor same-sex marriage in New York State while 37% are against it. Eight percent are unsure.
o Looking at party, about two-thirds of Democratic voters — 66% — support the law. And while a majority of Republican voters — 52% — oppose the law, 39% support it. Nearly six in ten non-enrolled voters — 58% — applaud the law.
• There are age differences. Many New Yorkers under the age of 45 — 62% — back the legislation while just half of those 45 and older — 50% — say the same.
• When it comes to the suit filed to overturn the law, 63% of adults statewide don’t want the law to be overturned. However, 32% do, and 5% are unsure.
• The same proportions of registered voters — 63%, 32%, and 5%, respectively — share these views.
o 72% of Democratic voters and 66% of non-enrolled voters statewide want the law to remain in effect. Republican voters divide. 48% of Republicans
think it should be overturned while 47% believe it should stay in place.

• Nearly seven in ten suburban residents — 69% — and about two-thirds of those upstate — 66% — don’t want the law overturned. 57% of New York City adults agree.
• Looking at age, 70% of those younger than 45 want the same-sex marriage law in effect while 59% of those 45 and older say the same.

Political Impact: Plurality More Likely to Vote for State Senator Who Supported Law

44% of registered voters in New York report they are more likely to vote for a state senator who voted to pass the same-sex marriage law. Three in ten — 30% — are less likely to cast their ballot for such a legislator while nearly one in five — 19% — says it makes no difference to their vote. Seven percent are unsure.

While a majority of Democratic voters — 55% — and a plurality of non-enrolled voters — 45% — think they are more likely to vote for a state senator who supported the same-sex marriage law, a plurality of Republican voters — 43%– say such a vote makes them less likely to support that state senator.

There is little difference regionally. 46% of voters in New York City’s suburbs, 44% of those in the city, and 41% of upstate voters report they are more likely to vote for a lawmaker who backed the law.

However, age differences exist. A majority of voters younger than 45 years old — 52% — report support for the law positively impacts their vote for a state senator while 40% of older voters agree.

Most Don’t Expect to Attend Same-Sex Wedding But Would Attend If Asked

Although 79% of New York State residents do not expect to be a guest at the same-sex marriage of a family member or friend in the next year, 70% would attend such a ceremony.
Even 34% of adults who oppose the law legalizing same-sex marriage say they would go to the wedding of a gay or lesbian couple.

Key findings include:
• 79% of New York State adults do not expect to attend a same-sex marriage in the coming year. 15% do, and 6% are unsure.
• Seven in ten adults — 70% — would attend the same-sex marriage of a friend or family member. 71% of registered voters and 67% of Republicans would do the same.

How the Survey was Conducted

Nature of the Sample: New York State Poll of 600 Adults

This survey of 600 New York State adults was conducted on July 28th through July 31st, 2011. Adults 18 years of age and older residing in New York State were interviewed by telephone. Telephone numbers were selected based upon a list of telephone exchanges from throughout the state. The exchanges were selected to ensure that each county was represented in proportion to its population.

To increase coverage, this land-line sample was supplemented by respondents reached through random dialing of cell phone numbers. The two samples were then combined. Results are statistically significant within ±4.0 percentage points. There are 517 registered voters. The sample of registered voters was adjusted for turnout in statewide elections. The results for this subset are statistically significant within ±4.5 percentage points. The error margin increases for cross-tabulations.

Marist College Institute for Public Opinion
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 ? Phone 845.575.5050 ? Fax 845.575.5111 www.maristpoll.marist.edu

EMBARGOED UNTIL 8 P.M. on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Contact: Lee M. Miringoff
Barbara L. Carvalho
Mary E. Azzoli
Marist College

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