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New Hampshire poll: Voters do not want to repeal same-sex marriage law


DURHAM, N.H. — A new poll out of New Hampshire this week shows strong opposition to repealing the state’s marriage equality law, and a majority of voters said gay marriage has had little to no effect on the state.

According to the poll, 44 percent of New Hampshire adults are more likely to vote against a candidate who is in favor of repealing same-sex marriage, while 14 percent said they were less likely to support a candidate who opposes repealing the law.

Same-sex marriage was passed in 2009, and a poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center shows strong opposition to attempts to repeal the law.

The WMUR Granite State poll shows that only 27 percent of New Hampshire adults support repealing same-sex marriage, while 50 percent strongly oppose repeal. The percentages are similar to a poll asking the same question in February.


“Strong opponents of repealing same-sex marriage continue to outnumber strong proponents by more than 2 to 1,” said Andrew Smith, director of the UNH Survey Center.

“The New Hampshire public is not showing any strong desire to repeal this law.”

Republicans in the state Legislature are scheduled to take up the issue of same-sex marriage when they reconvene in January.

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