Advocate: New Survey Says 54% of Voters Against Prop. 8
A new California poll on voter attitudes has turned up lucky numbers for gays and a slap for conservative opponents. Conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, this statewide survey shows that 54% of likely voters are opposed to Proposition 8, which would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to wed.
A Field Poll just three months ago found a hair-thin majority of Californians, 51%, in favor of same-sex marriage. That’s a big jump in our favor.
According to the article, the actual divide for and against is an even 47% / 47% split on gays and lesbians having the freedom to marry. So why are 54% against the measure when only 47% are for the freedom to marry? (emphasis added)
“In terms of general attitudes, the public is deeply divided along party lines, with solid majorities of Republicans opposed, solid majorities of Democrats in favor, and independents siding with Democrats” on same-sex marriage,” [President and CEO of the nonprofit Public Policy Institute of California’s Mark] Baldassare noted. “[But] if we look at responses to reading the ballot title and label for Proposition 8” — which summarizes, “Eliminates right of same-sex couples to marry” — then “we see 54% of Californians opposed and 40% in favor.”
Put another way: Even though 47% disagree with same-sex marriage as a concept, just 40% would actually vote to take away the right of fellow citizens to marry.
I’d add that libertarian leaning Californians, as a rule, don’t like the idea of modifying the state constitution to legislate civil rights; that perhaps is a significant testament to Californians sense of fair play.
My automatically reoccurring, monthly donation to the No On Prop. 8 campaign gets sent off early next week, and I’ll be volunteering every Sunday from 1:00 to 4:30 PM. The Freedom To Marry matters to me…a lot.