Sixty percent of likely voters support
equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.
According to a survey of 1,000 likely
voters conducted January 25-31 by Democratic polling firm Greenberg
Quinlan Rosner Research and commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign
(HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, 60 percent of
respondents said they favor “allowing gay and lesbian couples to
marry legally,” while 37 percent remain opposed.
Pollsters also asked respondents
whether they agree or disagree with FRC President Tony Perkins' claim
that nationwide marriage equality will lead to “civil war.”
Seventy percent of voters disagreed with Perkins' statement,
including a majority (57%) of Republicans.
“In some of our previous reports to
HRC, sometimes in the face of [a] stubborn anti-marriage majority, we
have noted the movement toward equality over time and said this
question is not a matter of 'if' but 'when,'” pollsters
said in announcing their findings. “For voters, 'when' is
Currently, gay couples can marry in 37
states, Alabama being the latest.