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Latest Maine poll suggests voters likely to approve same-sex marriage

Monday, June 18, 2012

A November ballot referendum aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine appears likely to pass, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted last week by WBUR Radio, follows the indicators of recent national polls, which show increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage. The WBUR poll shows that 55 percent of voters polled favor the referendum, while only 36 percent oppose it.

By party, Democrats and independents favored the measure, while Republicans oppose it.

The poll of 506 likely Maine voters was conducted June 13 and 14 and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points. It also showed President Barack Obama beating Mitt Romney 48-34, driven by strong support among female voters.

In 2009, Maine’s legislature passed a marriage equality law to give same-sex couples the right to marry, but in a state-wide ballot referendum that echoed California’s Proposition 8, nearly 53 percent of Maine citizens voted against same-sex marriage, reversing the legislative decision before the law took effect.

Advocates have since gathered the required number of verified signatures to put the issue of back on the November 2012 ballot — if approved by voters, Maine could become the first state to approve same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

The WBUR poll is in line with other recent Maine polls.

In April, the Maine People’s Resource Center poll showed support for marriage equality at 58 percent, with opposition about 40 percent. In March, a Public Policy Polling (PPP) indicated support at 54 percent of voters.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. Hopefully Ohio isnt far behind

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:16am
  2. I’m in Arizona and we need to pass this but we have REPUBS that keep thinking they own the world…Fuckers! haha

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:16am
  3. Maryland looks really good as well!!!!

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:17am
  4. fingers crossed!

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:18am
  5. Keep Hoping.

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:26am
  6. Go Maine!

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10:45am
  7. Ringing the death knell for the National Organization for Marriage.

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 11:07am
  8. It ain’t a done deal until all the Citizens United money has been spent.

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 11:11am
  9. I live in SC… The Bible belt… It’s not looking good here :(

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1:16pm
  10. Let’s Hope!

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1:29pm
  11. Cheers!

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1:36pm
  12. You know you have us Canucks rootin for you ALL
    Actually off to Ogunquit on July 4 for 10 days.

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:01pm
  13. And yet, here in California — where I used to think this state was SOOOOOOO damn liberal — we STILL don’t have marriage equality!!! Good, good luck, Maine!

    Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 6:09pm