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Poll: public support in NY for marriage equality very close

Close, but no cigar so far, but these are the findings by the Research Institute at Siena College (via 365gay):

With a margin of error + or – 3.9% (the phone poll of 620 New Yorkers was conducted May 18-25)…

* 43% support marriage equality
* 47% are opposed
* A majority of Democrats, voters under 55 years old and Jewish voters support marriage equality
* Groups in opposition: Republicans, as well as a majority of independent voters, Catholics, Protestants, and voters 55 and older.

It is the first poll on the subject of gay marriage since Gov. Eliot Spitzer earlier this month became the first governor in the country to introduce same-sex marriage legislation.

Empire State Pride Agenda, the state’s larges LGBT civil rights group questioned the poll methods and size of the sampling.  “All the polling we’ve done and all the other numbers I’ve seen show New Yorkers to be in favor of marriage for same-sex couples,” Pride Agenda’s Joe Tarver told 365Gay.com.

“The numbers are typically close but usually are about a flip of what Siena polling shows.  Our last numbers from 2006 showed 53% of likely voters to be in favor of marriage equality with only 38% opposed.”

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