12/2: Same-Sex Marriage in New York State

December 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, NY State, NY State Poll Archive, Politics

The New York State Senate is close to voting on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized.  Where do New York State registered voters stand on this controversial issue? A slim majority — 51% — favor legalizing same-sex marriage.  42% oppose it.

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Support is driven by Democrats and those living in New York City.  Looking at party, 66% of Democrats are in favor of the legislation.  Republicans oppose it by nearly the same proportion.  62% of New York’s GOP do not want same-sex marriage to become legal.  Non-enrolled voters reflect the overall electorate with 51% supporting the proposal.

Region also plays a role.  61% of voters in New York City believe same-sex marriage should be legalized while 33% are against the proposed action.  Voters in the suburbs and Upstate are divided.  47% of those in the suburbs support the measure while the same proportion — 47% — oppose it.  Upstate, 48% want same-sex marriage to become legal while 44% are against it.

There is also a gender divide on this question.  Nearly six in ten women — 58% — favor the measure.  34% oppose it.  Half of men, on the other hand, oppose legalizing gay marriage.  45% support it.

Table: Same-Sex Marriage in New York

Marist Poll Methodology


6 Responses to “12/2: Same-Sex Marriage in New York State”

  1. Sophia Harrison on July 26th, 2010 12:24 am

    marriage is great specially if you have found a very special someone that is beautiful both on the inside and outside..”`

  2. Cheryl Gowin on August 15th, 2010 4:23 pm

    Do you think the recent judicial decision on the Californian’s vote against same sex marriage will influence the voters of New York

  3. Amy Parker on August 29th, 2010 3:27 am

    While gay rights donors poured millions into Democratic coffers, their best hope still lies in preserving Democratic control, which is under serious threat. Moreover, if Republicans get in the majority, it’s all screwed anyway. There’s no way that the bill would come to the floor.

  4. Flatware Sets  on October 12th, 2010 1:40 pm

    marriage is the best thing that could happen between a man and a woman:;`

  5. hardwood flooring NYC on March 24th, 2011 3:31 pm

    Its not only politics, human rights as well.

  6. News Copy, New York | News Copy, New York on May 12th, 2011 10:00 am

    [...] In December of 2009, in a political climate where a State Senate controlled by Democrats had sharply rejected a gay marriage bill, 38-24, Marist had founded 51% of New Yorkers narrowly in favor of gay marriage. [...]

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