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Quinnipiac Poll: NJ Voters don’t want marriage equality this week

Timothy Kincaid

November 25th, 2009

Polls over marriage equality in New Jersey are hovering around even.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll conducted between Nov. 6 and 10, found 46 percent of adult residents want to extend the right to gay couples while 42 percent oppose it. Still undecided were 12 percent of respondents.

A Quinnipaic poll taken November 17 through 22 found a plurality in opposition to equality:

By a slim 49 – 46 percent margin, New Jersey voters oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to marry, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

In this latest poll, same-sex marriage wins 60 – 34 percent support among Democrats and a narrow 49 – 45 percent support among independent voters, while Republicans oppose the measure 69 – 25 percent.

Women support same-sex marriage 53 – 41 percent, while men oppose it 57 – 38 percent. White voters split 49 – 47 percent, while black voters oppose the measure 61 – 28 percent.

While these contradicting polling numbers don’t provide incontrovertible support for any decisions, I think we can count on the negative one to be used as justification for the leadership in New Jersey to renege on promises and to shove marriage equality at least four years into the future. I very much doubt that they will act to bring about marriage equality in this lame duck session.

I have a growing contempt for the leadership in New Jersey. But it pales in comparison to the contempt they show for the principle of equality.

Yet I can be dissuaded. Prove me wrong, guys.

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Bruno
November 25th, 2009 | LINK

They won’t prove you wrong. Between Maine, Scozzafava, and the 2 governorships, Democrats all over the country are scared to do ANYTHING “controversial” right now. This is why they’re losing my vote from here on in.

Gene Touchet
November 26th, 2009 | LINK

“I have a growing contempt…” Um…that means you have contempt. Admitting contempt–no matter how justified–in a political situation does not not encourage opponents, or perceived opponents, to change their positions.

“Frustration” might have been a better choice.

Scott
November 26th, 2009 | LINK

So the Democrats of NJ are opposed to marriage but are okay with the court-mandated civil unions. The Republicans of NJ, ditto.

Hmm.

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