New poll shows majority of Californians want to overturn Prop 8


As the decision regarding Prop 8 by the Supreme Court looms closer, a new poll shows that the majority of Californians approve of marriage equality. According to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles poll, 58 percent of Californians say yes.

American Viewpoint Research Director Dave Kanevsky says that the trajectory of marriage equality is favorable as “there has been movement across the board.” In 2008, the poll discovered the number to be lower than now, with 48 percent.

Demographically, the metropolitan areas have higher support for marriage equality with 69 percent in the Bay Area, Los Angeles with 58 percent, and the greater Southern California demographic with 52 percent.

With a number of states legalizing marriage equality over the last year, other national polls have discovered that the trend holds true throughout the United States. 

The Washington Post-ABC News found that 58 percent of Americans support marriage equality while the PEW Research Center discovered that 70 percent of Americans born after 1980 support it.

“Out of those who had changed to support equal marriage, 32 percent said they shifted because they knew someone, a friend or family member, who was gay,” said the Pew report. “One-quarter said they had grown more accepting as they got older, and 18 percent said that it is inevitable because the world is just different now.”

In the USC poll, 76 percent of young voters under the age of 20 said they approve of marriage equality while 65 percent of Californians who said they know someone who is gay favored marriage equality.

“Except for evangelical support, everyone supports the freedom to marry,” said Evan Wolfson, President of Freedom to Marry, in an interview with 429Magazine in March. “The younger you are, the more you support the freedom to marry.”

With LGBT issues more present in mainstream media, exposure has helped in shifting ideologies.

According to a Gallup poll, 51 percent of Americans 55 and older consider the new pro-LGBT landscape “morally acceptable.” Since the poll’s inception in 2001, older Americans have not traditionally approved of LGBT issues. Every year the number has been under 50 percent. 

“A lot has changed in the past two years,” GLAAD’s VP of Communications, Rich Ferraro, told 429Magazine. “Americans expect to see gay and lesbian couples and families in the media today.”


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