Saturday, July 14, 2012

POLL: Utah Voters Trending (Slowly) Towards Equality

A new poll from Utah demonstrates that even in this deep red, almost theocratic state, popular support for legal recognition for same-sex couples has been increasing over time. The figure above illustrates the shift in responses to the "tripartite question" which offers voters to choose between gay marriage, civil unions and no legal recognition for same-sex couples. What the figure demonstrates is that there has been a sharp drop in the number who choose the most homophobic and discriminatory option (no legal recognition), falling from 54% in November 2004 to 29% in February 2012. While that was happening the percentage in favor of full marriage equality has barely budget from 21% support to 28% now.

This is Utah we are talking about, so the influence of the Mormon church, a.k.a. the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or LDS Church is a large factor. The graphic below demonstrates opinions on marriage equality separated by religious belief and membership in the LDS church.

Note that among LDS support for marriage equality has been consistently below 10% for the last 8 years, while nearly three-quarters of non-religious folk now support full marriage equality.
One should take note that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a member of the LDS church, and these numbers may explain his fervent opposition to marriage equality and can help predict how a Romney administration would address the issue of legal recognition for same-sex couples by the federal government. (HINT: it's not good!)

Hat/tip to TowleRoad

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