Majority favor same-sex marriage in Virginia
July 18th, 2013
08:25 AM ET
9 months ago

Majority favor same-sex marriage in Virginia

(CNN) – A new poll indicates half of voters in Virginia support same-sex marriage, which was banned in the commonwealth by constitutional amendment in 2006.

Results from a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday showed exactly 50% of registered voters in the commonwealth saying they support allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. Forty-three percent oppose such marriages.

Sharp differences in support persist among different political affiliations – 68% of Democrats support same-sex marriage while 68% of Republicans oppose it. Women, white voters, and those with college degrees are also more likely to say they approve of allowing same sex couples to marry.

The Virginia constitution was amended in 2006 to define marriage as between a man and a woman. At the time 57% of Virginia voters backed the change.

With June's Supreme Court decisions striking down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, as well as a ruling allowing same-sex marriages to go forward in California, challenges are expected against individual state bans preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

In this year's battle for Virginia governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has retained his advantage over Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli, according to the poll.

The Quinnipiac survey showed McAuliffe, the former head of the Democratic National Committee, at 43% among Virginia registered voters, while Cuccinelli, the state attorney general, stood at 39%, with 16% undecided. Those results were virtually unchanged from a May Quinnipiac poll, and the margin between the two candidates was within the sampling error.

In a separate poll released Wednesday, the results were reversed – the Roanoke College survey showed Cuccinelli edging out McAuliffe 37%-31%. Another 27% of voters polled were undecided.

The results come amid a mounting controversy involving the commonwealth's current Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is embroiled in a controversy over a donor who provided gifts and large financial contributions to McDonnell's family.

Cuccinelli also has connections to the donor which have come under scrutiny, though in the Quinnipiac poll, 70% of voters said the mounting controversy wouldn't affect their vote for governor.

The poll was conducted July 11-15 by telephone from 1,030 registered voters. The sampling error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    It is woefully ironic that conservatives cannot see the hypocrisy in their political stances on various issues. More times than not it is a variation of the "smaller government" patriots wanting to enact "bigger government" legislation that reaches into people's lives to restrict and/or control it. Gay marriage is just another example of this pattern.

    The right wing fails to see hypocrisy of their Christian conservative wing. The right clailmes to value the rights granted by the US Constitution, while at the same time trying to bend everyone to their religious laws. Do they think that the Bill of Rights begins with the 2nd Amendment?

    Or is that they only believe in half of the 1st Amendment, choosing to ignore the freedom of religion. The right wing has extreme difficulty understanding that the 1st Amendment outlines freedom OF religion for the people, and freedom FROM religion for the government. I find all of the right's argument that "God defines marriage to be between a man and a woman," to be theocratic dogma, which has no place in the conversation about government policy and laws.

    The problem is that too many of them believe that the idea of the separation of church and state is wrong: i.e., Rick Santorum.

    July 18, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  2. M.A.P.

    I agree with Ruby, the Republican party have to practice what they preach or they are totally irrelevant. They say the proposed gun laws are invasive, well how about your abortion banning, gay marriage banning laws? Are those laws not intrusive on people's personal freedom? What happened to separation of religion and state? They are a bunch of spiteful hypocrits with questionable morals (free guns for everyone? Arm all school teachers with semi automatic weapons?).

    Why aren't they focusing on making more jobs like they said? Instead they go straigh to the socuial issues which have little to no impact on the economy. I thought it was Republicans arguing that "gay marriage is not the most important issue right now" .- sure it may not be, but then why are they so fired up anytime it is mentioned? Because it's written in THEIR bible (not mine).

    July 18, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Reuters is reporting that there are exemptions for both severe fetal abnormalities and when the mother's life is in danger. I'd take Reuter's word before the Huffington post.
    ---------------
    That is not what the Reuters article that I read says at all. Dated today and titled, "Texas governor set to sign restrictive new abortion law". At first glance it appears to be a nearly identical to this one, word for word.

    July 18, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    The republicans have waged wars against seniors, women, gays, veterans, college students, minorities, the poor, the uninsured, etc. I'll bet they blame main stream media when they get 40% of the vote and lose the 2016 election.

    July 18, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. rs

    What is so readily apparent (as Rudy rightly points out) is that the GOP has no coherant policy- I've said it before- I believe they are post policy. They are simple reactionaries now. They don't like something, the cobble together some position and run with it, either not caring or not noticing that reaction # 1 lies 180 degrees away from reaction #2. "We're for small government", but they want the full weight of a state government to FORCE women to bear children- whether that is what the woman or her doctor think prudent; We're fiscal conservatives", except that they want border guards and towers wvery 1,000' on the border- $billions if not $trillions wasted; "we're pro-life", but they won't spend a thin dime on Food Stamps- corporate welfare for corporate agribusiness is fine, and on and on.

    Perry signs his Taliban bill today- something that will likely cost the GOP millions of votes, nothing gats done on immigration- something else the GOP will lose votes over.

    The GOP has become completely non-functional, and that might be fine but for the fact we are a two-party nation- nothing gets done if one of the parties decides to go insane.

    July 18, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The GOP has become completely non-functional ... "

    Indeed it has. The sexual activities and reproduction rights (or lack thereof) of their neighbors seems to be the major driving force within the Grand Old Party. As strange as THAT is, it is unfathomable (to me anyway) that they actually take pride in their overall view of what can only be described as sexual fetishes and fantasies being played out as legislative "concerns".

    July 18, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. M.A.P.

    rs – you hit the nail on the head with the abortion issue. They say they are pro-life, they should change that to pro-fetus, because they really couldn't care less about the life after it's born. No health insurance, no assistance if born into poverty (its the childs fault for being born then), no equal rights if the child ends up being gay (again – childs own fault or "decision"). They really just want to force women to have babies they can't look after because they think that's what thweir imaginary friend GOD wants. It is unbelievably stupid politics they are playing.

    July 18, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |