Poll: Same-sex marriage support at 50% in key state
February 24th, 2014
08:59 AM ET
2 months ago

Poll: Same-sex marriage support at 50% in key state

(CNN) - A new poll indicates a slight majority of Ohio voters support legalizing same-sex marriage in their state.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Monday morning, 50% of Buckeye State voters back the move, with 44% opposed to making same-sex marriage legal.

Sixty-two percent of Ohioans voted in favor of a constitutional amendment in 2004 that banned same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state. The push to put the issue on the ballot in the Buckeye State was seen as a move by the Republican Party to drive conservative voters to the polls to help re-elect President George W. Bush. Then-Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger in 2004, conceded to Bush the day after Election Day after Bush narrowly captured Ohio.

According to the new poll, there are major partisan, generational, and gender divides on the issue of same-sex marriage. Two-thirds of Democrats and 53% of independents but just 29% of Republicans support legal same-sex marriage. By a 15 percentage point margin, women back the move, with men divided. Voters 18-29 overwhelmingly support legalizing same sex marriage, with nearly six in ten over age 65 opposed.

"Given that younger voters support same sex marriage almost 3-1, it would seem to be just a matter of time," said Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Peter Brown.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Feb. 12-17, with 1,370 registered voters in Ohio questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7  percentage points.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. rs

    Like minimum wage increases, continued LT unemployment insurance, affordable health care, immigration reform and many other issues- the GOP continues to take up the wrong side of issues.
    Their anti-GAY (right to discriminate) laws graphically demonstrate (as if their anti-civil rights, anti-women and anti-voter laws aren't enough), that the GOP has become an aggressively regressive party bent on delivering democracy only to the very rich.
    A sad end to a party once heralded as the party of big ideas, rights and freedom.

    February 24, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I love watching conservatives dodge the issue when you point out their own hypocrisies. Conservatives complain about keeping government out of their lives. Yet, they are always the first ones to pass legislation that restricts freedoms of others. They complain about a war on religion. Yet, they pass laws that conform to only their religious views. Aetheists be damned.

    Personally, I don't see why same-sex marriage needs a law to be passed to make it legal. It's already legal in my opinion, which is why you see so many laws being passed to outlaw same sex marriages.

    February 24, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    Are you sending others you Love to "the vengeance of Eternal Fire" (Jude verse 7)?? "He that is of God heareth God.s words: ye therefore hear them not, because you are not of God" (John 8: 47)."If thou wilt enter into Life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS (Genesis 2: 24 ; Ephesians 5: 30-32)-Matthew 19: 17 – or get the fate of (Leviticus 20: 13; 18:22)

    February 24, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. smith

    Stop the fighting. Time to to get rid of marriage all together.

    February 24, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Durundal

    When will people understand that you dont get to vote on giving other people equality. If that were the case I would vote to have all idiots persecuted in this country.

    February 24, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Warren

    Phyllis Gwendoline Williams
    Are you sending others you Love to "the vengeance of Eternal Fire" (Jude verse 7)?? "He that is of God heareth God.s words: ye therefore hear them not, because you are not of God" (John 8: 47)."If thou wilt enter into Life, KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS (Genesis 2: 24 ; Ephesians 5: 30-32)-Matthew 19: 17 – or get the fate of (Leviticus 20: 13; 18:22)

    What does this have to do with a LAW??

    February 24, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    Are you sending others you Love to "the vengeance of Eternal Fire" (Jude verse 7)??
    ---------------------------------
    Does this mean that you agree with Rick Santorum's contention that the 1st Amendment's separation of church and state is wrong?

    February 24, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Fair is Fair

    So sick of this... the SCOTUS needs to take this up and put an end to it.

    February 24, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Peach

    The government needs to get OUT of the marriage business. Leave the law alone.

    February 24, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Ohio is a Dem state.........so they will support Dem ideology. Only now and again, do the Dems make the voters so mad there, that they go for Republicans.

    It is, after all.......a traditional union state, also.

    February 24, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    States need to stop denying rights guaranteed in the constitution.

    February 24, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |