New Yorkers support for same-sex marriage at ‘the highest margin ever’

Some welcome good news, which I learned from Jeremy Hooper this morning:

By the highest margin ever, 56 – 37 percent, New York State voters support legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

More from Quinnipiac:

This compares to 51 – 41 percent support, the previous high, measured in a June 23, 2009 survey, by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

In today’s survey, support for gay marriage is 69 – 25 percent among Democrats and 55 – 39 percent among independent voters. Republicans are opposed 52 – 41 percent. Men back gay marriage 54 – 40 percent and women support it 58 – 34 percent. Support is highest among suburban voters, 61 – 33 percent. New York City voters support gay marriage 55 – 37 percent and upstate voters support it 54 – 39 percent.

The Assembly has already voted, twice, to approve marriage. A vote in the then-Democratic-led State Senate failed on December 2, 2009, by a vote of 38 – 24. The GOP now controls the Senate.

Marriage is going to happen in New York. Public support continues to grow. Check out his comment from director of Quinnipiac’s Polling Institute, Maurice Carroll:

“New York State voter attitudes about gay marriage have shifted dramatically since April 15, 2004, when Quinnipiac University first asked about gay marriage and found voters opposed the measure 55 – 37 percent.”

In just seven years, we’re seeing the complete opposite.

The GOP leaders in the State Senate can thwart progress — or they can get the issue off the table by holding a vote and letting the marriage bill pass this year.

As I was told in October by a politician who is evolving on the marriage issue:

The one thing I will say today is I think it’s pretty clear where the trendlines are going.

In New York, the trendline is all ours. Now, we need politicians to catch up.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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