More New Jerseyans favor same sex marriage than oppose it, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll released today. The poll found that 48% favor same sex marriage, while 43% oppose it. Half the voters oppose a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, while 41% favor a ban.
“One of the interesting things to come out of the California experience is that non-white Democrats with traditional cultural values provided the margin of victory for last November’s ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in that state,” said Murray. “In New Jersey, while black and Latino residents as a group do not favor same-sex marriage, they are hesitant to use the state constitution to deny it.”
Opinion on this issue breaks down along party lines: most Democrats support same-sex marriage (58% favor to 35% oppose), most Republicans are against it (37% favor to 54% oppose), and independents are split (46% favor to 43% oppose).