Poll: Support for same-sex marriage stronger than ever in N.J.

TRENTON – With state Democratic leaders vowing full support for same-sex marriage rights – but with a gubernatorial veto almost certainly looming – a new poll shows stronger-than-ever support for such legislation.

A new Quinnipiac Poll today shows N.J. voters support marriage equality 52-42 percent, the first time support has topped 50 percent.

Not unexpectedly, there is a strong divide between those who attend religious services regularly and those who do not.

Democratic support is stronger – 62-33 percent; independents back it 54-38 percent; and Republicans oppose it 59-35 percent.

The Senate Judiciary is scheduled to hear the marriage equality bill in committee on Tuesday.

By a 58-36 percent margin, voters who attend weekly religious services oppose the measure.

The poll surveyed 1,460 registered voters Jan. 10-16 and the poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.6 points.

Poll: Support for same-sex marriage stronger than ever in N.J.