Gay Marriage Ban Trailing in California

The San Jose Mercury News reports on a new poll in the biggest ballot measure fight of the year: In a finding that could foreshadow ...
by | July 18, 2008
 

The San Jose Mercury News reports on a new poll in the biggest ballot measure fight of the year:

In a finding that could foreshadow a difficult political battle for a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, a new Field Poll says more California voters oppose Proposition 8 than favor it.

The new poll, released today, is the first independent statewide measure of public opinion on the proposed constitutional ban since gay men and lesbians began marrying legally in California on June 16. It was also the first time Field Research has polled voters on the official ballot description of Proposition 8. A narrow majority of 51 percent of 672 likely voters said they would vote against a ban, while 42 percent said they would vote for it.

The poll showed a California sharply divided over a constitutional ban - along the lines of geography, gender, race, age, religious belief and political affiliation. But it's also a California where Proposition 8 supporters may have a hard time winning in November. Just 7 percent of voters were undecided, a strikingly small amount so long before Election Day, leaving relatively few voters to sway.

Josh Goodman
Josh Goodman  |  Former Staff Writer
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