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Poll: Nearly half of Hawaiian voters back same-sex marriage

Poll: Nearly half of Hawaiian voters back same-sex marriage

According to a new poll, 49 percent of Hawaii voters say they want to see same-sex marriage legalized in the Aloha state.

In a poll, conducted earlier this month by the Raleigh, N.C.-based Public Policy Polling firm, also found that 40 percent of voters, however want same-sex marriage to remain illegal.

The results were 77 percent support gay couples having some sort of legal recognition, with 40% still supporting full marriage, and 37% favoring civil unions. That sentiment is shared by 90 percent of Democrats, 77 percent of independents, and even 59 percent of Republicans.

Hawaii currently does not have full marriage rights for gay couples, but civil unions will be legal next year in the state.

Governor Neil Abercrombie (D), signed same-sex civil unions into law last February, granting same-sex and heterosexual couples the same rights, benefits and responsibilities as marriage under state law.

According to the firm’s published results, PPP surveyed 568 Hawaii voters from October 13 thru till Oct 16. The margin of error for the survey is +/-4.1%.

The firm cites on its site: “This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews.”

PPP is a Democratic polling company, but polling expert Nate Silver of The New York Times found that its surveys in 2010 actually exhibited a slight bias toward Republican candidates.

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