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