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NJ Poll: Voters support same-sex marriage, but want to decide it at the ballot box

Friday, March 2, 2012

A new poll suggests that New Jersey voters’ support for marriage equality has reach a new high, but that two-thirds of voters want to decide the measure at the ballot box, rather than allow the state legislature to make the change.

A Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday reveals that 57 percent of registerd voters would support same-sex marriage, an increase of 5 percentage points from Quinnipiac’s last poll conducted in January.

The survey also indicated that voters were evenly divided on whether Gov. Chris Christie was right to veto the gay marriage bill that the legislature approved last month. Forty-eight percent supported Christie’s veto, while 47 percent opposed it.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they favored Christie’s suggestion of holding statewide ballot referrendum to determine whether or not to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey.

“You don’t put the civil rights of a minority up to a vote of the majority,” said Steven Goldstein, Chairman of Garden State Equality, in a statement.

“The last time New Jersey did that was in 1915, when a statewide referendum was held to determine whether women should have the right to vote. 58 percent voted no, and 42 percent voted yes,” he said.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. If the lae doesn’t apply to you then don’t vote.This lae only applies to the LGBT community and we should have equal rights as all do.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:12pm
  2. I pray people vote YES for same sex marriage….COME ON NJ…DO THE RIGHT THING

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:15pm
  3. What’s the point of having a representative democracy?

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:15pm
  4. ❒ Gay ❒ Lesbian ❒ Bi ❒ Straight ☑ Human

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:16pm
  5. Human rights shouldn’t be voted on…

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:22pm
  6. Why should gay be treated anyway different then anyone else? We all pay taxes and the only person who is to judge is god not the politicians

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:25pm
  7. did the pollsters ask any of my glbtq or straight allies in NJ? I dont think so!

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:33pm
  8. Yeah because it’s much easier being a bigot anonymously.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:51pm
  9. Human rights is not to be voted on

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 2:59pm
  10. Let’s see if the Mormon’s get their buddies to filter in millions of dollars again to beat this one down, like they did in California. Any bets? This should never come to a vote. Why even have a rep if they just put it on the street.

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 3:03pm
  11. Hmm, I wonder how many of them are black and how they would have felt if their civil rights were up for a vote back in the 1960s?

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 3:44pm
  12. And what makes them think they can vote on my right to marriage?

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 4:21pm
  13. thee state are crazy to allow same sex marriage

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:01pm
  14. Go troll elsewhere julius. Having posted on your wall that god is your only judge in the end and then posting crap like that just makes you a bigoted hypocrit…..

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:11pm
  15. There we go .. asshole bigotes like JULIUS ZUCKERWAR. He will be at Hells gates holding it open for all his followers ….

    Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 8:19pm