New Poll: NJ voters favor legalizing same sex marriage

As Democratic lawmakers led by state Sen. Ray Lesniak, (D-20), Elizabeth, prepare to reintroduce legislation to legalize same sex marriage, New Jersey voters support the initiative 47-42%, according to a Public Policy Poll released today.

The 30-45 age group most strongly supports legal same-sex marriage in the Garden State, with 55% in support and 35% opposed, according to the poll.

Although the Legislature failed to pass marriage equality a year and a half ago, the state allows civil unions. When they are added to the poll as an option, voters are split between marriage and civil unions: 41% favor marriage to 40% for civil unions, while 17% oppose all recognition.

The poll indicates that voters are prepared to re-elect Democratic majorities in the Legislature. “By a 52-39 margin, voters say they would choose the Democrat over the Republican in their district. Democrats and Republicans are united behind their parties, while independents are split, giving Democrats the edge in Democratic-leaning New Jersey.”

PPP surveyed 480 New Jersey voters from July 15 to 18. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.5%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization.