50 percent of Virginians support same-sex marriage according to new poll


Is Virginia the next marriage equality battleground state? A recent poll by Quinnipiac University asked interviewees “Do you support or oppose allowing same sex couples to get married in Virginia?”

The below results are from 1,030 registered Virginia voters interviewed from July 11-15. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus-or-minus 3.1 percentage points. 

Overall: 50 percent of Virginians support same-sex marriage. 43 percent do not. 

Gender: Women backed same-sex marriage 55 percent to 39 percent. Men opposed it 49 percent to 43 percent. 

Political Affiliation: 68 percent of Democrats are in support with 26 percent opposed. Republican respondents opposed it by the same ration. 

Education: 60 percent of those with college degrees support it with 34 percent of grads opposing. 49 percent without college degrees oppose same-sex marriage with 45 percent supporting it. 

Religion: Catholics favor gay marriage 56 percent to 40 percent. Protestants oppose it 57 percent to 36 percent. 74 percent of those identifying as born-again evangelicals oppose it. 

Ethnicity: 51 percent of white versus 42 percent of black respondents support same-sex marriage

Income: 49 percent of those making less than $100,000 a year and  57 percent of those making more than $100,000 a year support same-sex marriage.

Age: 74 percent of voters age 18 to 29 and 52 percent in the 30 to 44 range back same-sex marriage, while the majority of those 45 and older oppose it. 


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