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Poll: Support for marriage equality in New York reaches record high

Monday, April 11, 2011
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A new poll indicates support for marriage equality in New York has reached 58 percent, the highest in the state’s history.

The poll, released Monday by the Siena Research Institute at Siena College, also revealed a “record low” of 36 percent of New Yorkers opposed the marriage equality. Six percent had no opinion.

Among Democrats and Independents, support was over 60 percent; among Republicans, 48 percent were opposed, outweighing support at 45 percent.

“The more New Yorkers learn about marriage equality, the more they support this basic issue of fairness,” said Brian Ellner, the Human Rights Campaign’s senior strategist for the Campaign for New York Marriage.

“We will continue our campaign to educate across the state so that everyone has the right to make a commitment and build a family with the person they love,” Ellner said.

Ross D. Levi, Executive Director at the Empire State Pride Agenda, released this statement:

“State legislators who have not supported marriage equality in the past should take note that New Yorkers — including nearly two thirds of suburban voters and a majority of upstate and Catholic voters — clearly believe in fairness and equality for their LGBT family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.”

Poll results are here (PDF); jump to page 4, question 19.

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