August 10, 2011
8/10: Majority of New Yorkers Support Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage
NY1/YNN/Marist New York State Poll
Same-sex marriage has been legal in New York State for just a couple of weeks, but do New York State residents support the law? According to this NY1/YNN-Marist Poll, a majority of adults in New York favor the law, and more than six in ten do not want the legislation to be overturned.
Key findings include:
- 55% of New York State adults support the legalization of same-sex marriage. 36% oppose it, and 9% are unsure.
- Similar proportions of registered voters share these views. 55% of voters statewide favor same-sex marriage in New York State while 37% are against it. Eight percent are unsure.
o Looking at party, about two-thirds of Democratic voters — 66% — support the law. And while a majority of Republican voters — 52% — oppose the law, 39% support it. Nearly six in ten non-enrolled voters — 58% — applaud the law.
- There are age differences. Many New Yorkers under the age of 45 — 62% — back the legislation while just half of those 45 and older — 50% — say the same.
- When it comes to the suit filed to overturn the law, 63% of adults statewide don’t want the law to be overturned. However, 32% do, and 5% are unsure.
- The same proportions of registered voters — 63%, 32%, and 5%, respectively — share these views.
o 72% of Democratic voters and 66% of non-enrolled voters statewide want the law to remain in effect. Republican voters divide. 48% of Republicans think it should be overturned while 47% believe it should stay in place.
- Nearly seven in ten suburban residents — 69% — and about two-thirds of those upstate — 66% — don’t want the law overturned. 57% of New York City adults agree.
- Looking at age, 70% of those younger than 45 want the same-sex marriage law in effect while 59% of those 45 and older say the same.
Political Impact: Plurality More Likely to Vote for State Senator Who Supported Law
44% of registered voters in New York report they are more likely to vote for a state senator who voted to pass the same-sex marriage law. Three in ten — 30% — are less likely to cast their ballot for such a legislator while nearly one in five — 19% — says it makes no difference to their vote. Seven percent are unsure.
While a majority of Democratic voters — 55% — and a plurality of non-enrolled voters — 45% — think they are more likely to vote for a state senator who supported the same-sex marriage law, a plurality of Republican voters — 43%– say such a vote makes them less likely to support that state senator.
There is little difference regionally. 46% of voters in New York City’s suburbs, 44% of those in the city, and 41% of upstate voters report they are more likely to vote for a lawmaker who backed the law.
However, age differences exist. A majority of voters younger than 45 years old — 52% — report support for the law positively impacts their vote for a state senator while 40% of older voters agree.
Most Don’t Expect to Attend Same-Sex Wedding But Would Attend If Asked
Although 79% of New York State residents do not expect to be a guest at the same-sex marriage of a family member or friend in the next year, 70% would attend such a ceremony. Even 34% of adults who oppose the law legalizing same-sex marriage say they would go to the wedding of a gay or lesbian couple.
Key findings include:
- 79% of New York State adults do not expect to attend a same-sex marriage in the coming year. 15% do, and 6% are unsure.
- Seven in ten adults — 70% — would attend the same-sex marriage of a friend or family member. 71% of registered voters and 67% of Republicans would do the same.