Field Poll: Voters Oppose Banning Gay Marriage
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An early survey of California voters shows a slim majority would reject a November ballot measure to ban gay marriage.
Friday, July 18, 2008
A new Field Poll out Friday shows Proposition 8 trailing, 51 percent to 42 percent. That’s among likely voters, with a 4 percent margin of error.
The survey comes two months after the California Supreme Court struck down a state law banning same-sex marriage – and one month after gay marriages began.
More than 60 percent of Democrats and independents say they’d vote no on the measure, while almost 70 percent of Republicans support it. Meanwhile, voters who say they personally know or work with gays or lesbians oppose Prop 8 by 14 points. Those who don’t narrowly favor it.
In a statement, the Yes on 8 campaign says it believes the Field Poll consistently underestimates the measure’s support – and that the campaign’s own polling matches other public surveys that show the two sides neck-and-neck.