Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WA Poll Indicates Majority Support for Marriage

A new PPP poll of Washington state uses the somewhat problematic question of "Do you think same-sex marriage should be legal or illegal?" and gets the result that 51% say legal, 42% say illegal and 7% are undecided. This question is problematic because it most likely overstates support for marriage equality. After all, even people who oppose same-sex marriage do not necessarily want it to be "illegal." The poll was taken from June 14-17 and has a margin of error ±3 percentage points. This poll is another data point that shows majority support for marriage equality in Washington state, which some people can serve as a proxy for how Washington voters will vote on Referendum 74, which if approved in November 2012 would legalize marriage equality in the state.

Hopefully, more polls will come out that will actually ask the public the exact same question voters will see on the ballot.

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