Poll: N.J. voters back same-sex marriage, private school scholarships, tax cut plans

TRENTON – New Jersey voters support same-sex marriage 53 – 42 percent, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows.

Voters also support 67 – 27 percent Gov. Christopher Christie’s call for a voter referendum on the issue, according to the poll released today. 

Age plays a factor in how people feel about the issue.

Voters under 35 years old support gay marriage 77 – 18 percent, while voters 35 to 54 years old support it 58 – 39 percent. Voters over 55 are opposed 53 – 41 percent.

The poll shows that the issue may not affect opinions when it comes time to enter a voting booth.

President Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage will not affect their presidential vote, 64 percent of New Jersey voters said. Nineteen percent said Obama’s support of gay marriage will make them less likely to vote for Obama, while 16 percent say they are more likely.

Along party lines, the breakdown is familiar.

Gay marriage support is 69 – 28 percent among Democrats and 55 – 38 percent among independent voters.  Republicans are opposed 65 – 30 percent. 

New Jersey voters say by a small 48 – 44 percent margin that Christie did the wrong thing vetoing same-sex marriage legislation.  The Legislature should override Christie’s veto, 48 percent of voters say, while 45 percent do not want an override.

Other issues

New Jersey voters support 73 – 20 percent Christie’s proposal to give private school scholarships, funded by tax-deductible contributions.

While they support Christie’s scholarship plan, which uses private contributions, voters oppose by a narrow 49 – 44 percent margin taxpayer-supported school vouchers for students in private or religious schools.

New Jersey voters support 54 – 32 percent Christie’s plan for a 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut.  Support rises from 48 – 34 percent among voters making less than $50,000 per year to 65 – 29 percent among voters making more than $250,000 per year.

By an even wider 59 – 23 percent margin, voters support State Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s proposal for a 10 percent property tax credit for households with an annual income of under $250,000.  All groups, even voters making more than $250,000, support the measure.

Poll: N.J. voters back same-sex marriage, private school scholarships, tax cut plans