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Poll: Arizona voters support religious freedom veto, legalizing gay marriage

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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A new Arizona poll finds not only that voters in the state agree with Jan Brewer’s veto of a controversial religious freedom bill, but that they also for the first time support legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

ArizonaAccording to Public Policy Polling, only 22 percent of Arizonans say they support Senate Bill 1062, the religious freedom bill that would have allowed businesses to cite religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others; 66 percent of those polled said they opposed the measure.

Opposition to the bill is bipartisan with majorities of Democrats (11/86), independents (18/64), and Republicans (34/51) alike against it.

And for the first time it its polling, PPP found that a plurality of Arizonans support legalizing same-sex marriage: 49 percent are in favor, compared to 41 percent opposed, a net 9 movement in favor of same-sex marriage in the state since November of 2011 when there was 44/45 opposition to it.

Voters under the age of 45 support it 55/36 with seniors the only age group against it.

“Arizona’s a pretty good representative of how the nation is moving on gay issues,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “They don’t support new laws discriminating against gays- they support new laws giving them full equality.”

ADDITIONAL DATA, QUESTIONS: PUBLIC POLICY POLLING

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