More voters in Wisconsin believe gay
marriage should be illegal than legal – but opposition is falling.
According to a Public
Polling Policy (PPP) survey of 1,057 voters contacted by phone
conducted from July 5th to 8th, 43 percent of
respondents support legalizing gay nuptials, while 47 percent remain
However, a poll conducted last August
found 50 percent of voters opposed to such unions and only 39 percent
in support. That is an increase in support of 4 percentage points in
less than 11 months.
A large majority (69%) of voters in the
Forward state support legal recognition of gay unions with either
marriage (39%) or civil unions (30%). Twenty-eight percent say there
should be no legal recognition of the relationships of gay couples
and four percent refused to answer.
Support for the institution has
steadily increased since 2006, when voters approved a constitutional
amendment banning gay and lesbian couples from entering a marriage or
a civil union by 19 points.
Voters also gave high marks to retiring
Democratic Senator Herb Kohl, who received a strong 46 percent