New poll suggest Iowans split on gay marriage

Iowa Gay MarriageIowans are almost evenly divided about whether they would vote for or against a constitutional amendment to end marriage for same-sex couples, according to a new poll by the Des Moines Register.

Forty-one percent say they would vote for a ban, and 40 percent say they would vote to continue gay marriage. The rest either would not vote or say they are not sure, the newspaper reports.

The most intensity about the issue shows up among opponents. The percentage of Iowans who say they strongly oppose gay marriage (35 percent) is nearly double the percentage who say they strongly favor it (18 percent).

The overwhelming majority of Iowans – 92 percent – say gay marriage has brought no real change to their lives.

In April, the Iowa Supreme Court in April overturned the state’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Following the ruling, Republicans in the Iowa Senate and House lobbied for a vote to amend the Iowa Constitution, and Democratic leaders blocked those attempts.

Since then the issue has taken on prominence in the early stages of the 2010 race for governor and legislative seats in the House and Senate. But in the poll, 63 percent say candidates’ stands on other issues will be more important in making their decisions in next year’s 2010 elections.

More at the Des Moines Register.

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