A large majority of Michigan voters believe the government should recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples.

According to a Public Policy Polling survey of 500 Michigan voters, 70 percent said they believe gay couples should either be allowed to marry (39%) or form civil unions (31%). Twenty-seven percent said there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple's relationship.

A majority of Michigan Republicans (51%) believe the unions of gay couples should be recognized with either marriage or civil unions.

While more people said they are opposed (45%) to legalizing gay marriage than in support (41%), opposition was down 8 percentage points since an August poll. Fourteen percent refused to answer.

Pollsters noted that support among African-Americans increased in several state polls, notably in Maryland and Pennsylvania, after President Barack Obama gave his personal endorsement, but in Michigan support remained unchanged.

“But this is not the case in Michigan – African-Americans in Michigan have not budged since they polled 68% in August for gay marriage and civil unions support. White voters have improved 8 points to 70% in their support for gay marriages or civil unions since August.”