Poll finds small plurality of Texas voters support same-sex marriage


AUSTIN, Texas — Support for marriage equality continues grow in Texas, as a new poll shows a minor plurality of voters now favor legalizing same-sex marriage.

By a margin of 47.9 percent to 47.5 percent, Texas voters now support the freedom to marry, according to the poll, conducted by Glengariff Group and commissioned by Equality Texas, a statewide LGBT advocacy organization.

The percentage represents an increase of 5.2 percent in support since September, 2010.

Support for the freedom to marry increased by 11.3 percent among Independents, increased by 15.7 percent among African Americans, increased by 14.3 percent among 18-29 year-olds, and increased by 11.1 percent among those over age 65.

According to the poll, Texas voters now support all eleven rights issues that pertain to LGBTer citizens. There was a statistically significant increase in support among five of the eleven issues, including:

  • 80.0% of voters support a guaranteed right to make end of life medical decisions for a partner; an increase in support of 4.9%.
  • 70.2% of voters support a legal right to inherit possessions if there is no will in place; an increase in support of 4.8%.
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  • 65.7% of voters support extending domestic partnership benefits to government/public university employees; an increase of 3.4%.
  • 52.0% of Texas voters now support recognizing the marriages of same-gender couples from states that currently allow marriage; an increase in support of 3.6%.

“The updated poll clearly shows that our vision of a state of equality for all Texans is, indeed, a mainstream value shared by the vast majority of Texans,” reported Equality Texas. “This concrete data demonstrates a bipartisan shared vision of equality that crosses all demographic lines, political party affiliation, race, age, and geographic location.”

The survey of 1,000 registered voters has margin of error of +/- 3.1% with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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