November 5th, 2008
12:25 AM ET
5 years ago

Exit Polls: Gay Marriage in CA

In California exit polls reported thus far tonight, Proposition 8 appears to be going down to a narrow 52 percent to 48 percent defeat.The proposition would amend California's state constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. Earlier in the year, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling making such marriages legal under the state's constitution

If the trend holds, younger, first-time voters can be said to be responsible for Proposition 8's defeat. Voters between the ages of 18 and 29 opposed the proposition 66 percent to 34 percent; voters 30-64 were evenly split; voters 65 and above favored the amendment 57 percent to 43 percent.

First-time voters cast their ballots against the proposition by a 64 percent to 36 percent margin. The rest of the electorate favored the amendment 52 percent to 48 percent.

Californians who attend church weekly voted for Proposition 8 by an 83 percent to 17 percent. Those who attended church occasionally voted 40 percent in favor and 60 percent opposed. Californians who never attend church were 14 percent in favor and 86 percent against.

College graduates opposed Proposition 8 by a 57 percent to 43 percent margin. Those without a college degree favored it, 53 percent to 47 percent.

African-Americans voted for Proposition 8 by a 69 percent to 31 percent margin. However, 55 percent of white voters and 52 percent of Hispanics voted against the proposition.


Filed under: Same-sex marriage
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. pablo

    vote yes on 8 is truly gay

    November 5, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  2. Christopher Estep

    Darth,
    This whole proposal would be unnecessary of the state supreme court hadn't invented that so-called right to begin with. over 100 years as a state and "poof!" this right suddenly appears.

    November 5, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. NJ

    This is unfortunate.

    November 5, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. Elisabeth

    I am white, straight and praying that Prop. 8 loses. Separate is not equal in the United States. Love should be celebrated. Discrimination rejected.

    November 5, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  5. joe six pack

    Time to put all phobias behind. Let people have the right to share their lives like anybody else under the same rights and protections

    November 5, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. pdixon

    I am African American in California, straight, married, kid and voted NO ON 8!!!!!!!!

    November 5, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  7. time to get bought out by another nation

    Well, if anyone really follows or knows much about Obama, this country is in for a real treat and he knows it. Everyone wants change, and here it comes – legalizing abortion, taking out In God We Trust off of our money. What next.....do tell.

    November 5, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  8. railaobama

    The young people have spoken,am proud of the young americans

    November 5, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  9. Pat Green (CA)

    Good luck!! We ARE all one people!

    November 5, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  10. Al

    It won't stop with gay marriage. Next step is to get rid of tax exemptions for all churches and dismantle religion in this country. Twenty years from now, we'll be Holland.

    November 5, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  11. Lorna

    Why give rights to people and then wish to take the rights away???? Makes no sense...Don't do it.

    November 5, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  12. Jeff in Phoenix

    Congratulations to ALL in California!!! Bigotry and hate must be stopped and this is one more step in the right direction.

    November 5, 2008 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
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