Virginia poll shows growing support for marriage equality: 47% support vs. 43% oppose

Yes, Virginia, there is equality in your future. The state with homophobic leaders like Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli supports marriage. It’s not a majority, but it’s pretty close. Bottom line is that more Virginians now support marriage than oppose it. From the Washington Post:

Virginians are closely divided over whether gay marriage should be legal, according to a new Washington Post poll, a striking result in a state that overwhelmingly agreed to amend its constitution to ban gay marriage just five years ago.

Forty-seven percent of Virginians say gay couples should be allowed to legally wed, and 43 percent are opposed, according to the poll. Fifty-five percent of Virginians say gay couples should be able to legally adopt children.

The results mirror a dramatic and rapid shift in national public opinion about gay rights in recent years. The evolving public opinion could create a challenge in the key political battleground for the commonwealth’s Republicans, who are almost universally opposed to gay marriage, if voters think the GOP is falling out of sync with the electorate. But the results also present complications for Virginia Democrats, who have moved more slowly than their national counterparts to embrace liberal social stands for fear of alienating independent voters.

Those complications are still playing out at the national level, too.

Look at the demographic breakdown:

The survey shows that nearly three-quarters of those ages 18 to 29 say gays should be able to legally wed. Only 22 percent of those ages 65 and older agree. Between the ages of 30 and 65, residents are split, with 44 percent saying same-sex marriage should be legal and 43 percent saying it should illegal.

This is good. The trendline is definitely moving in the right direction.


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