Poll shows increasing support for marriage equality in Pennsylvania

Staff Reports

The latest Public Policy Polling found a 14 point increase in support for same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania over the last year and a half.

Voters in the state are now almost evenly divided on the issue, with 45 percent of respondents saying they think gay marriage should be legal, compared to 47 percent who still believe it should remain illegal in Pennsylvania.

In November of 2011, Public Policy Polling found only 36 percent support for same-sex marriage, and and 52 percent opposition

Seniors continue to be opposed to gay marriage by a 28-62 percent margin, but voters under 45 support it 58-35 percent.

Civil unions for same sex couples are relatively uncontroversial now with voters in the state — 74 percent support either gay marriage or civil unions with only 24 percent of voters opposed to any sort of legal recognition for gay couples

Among Republican voters, there’s 68 percent support for one or the other.

The survey of 504 Pennsylvania voters, included an oversample of 373 usual Republican primary voters, and was conducted from March 8-10. The margin of error is +/- 4.4 percent.

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