A large majority of South Carolina
Republicans say that marriage equality coming to the state has either
had no impact or a positive impact on their lives.
According to a Public
Policy Polling (PPP) survey of 868 registered South Carolina
voters from February 12-15, 69 percent said that marriage equality –
which came to the state in November – has either had no impact or a
positive impact on their lives. Only 31 percent of respondents said
that their lives were negatively impacted by gay couples marrying.
Fourteen percent of Democrats said that
its legalization had a positive impact on their lives, compared to 5
percent among Republicans.
Sixty-one percent of Republicans said
that marriage equality has either had no impact (56%) or a positive
impact (5%) on their lives.
“This is consistent with what we're
finding even in states that at one time voted overwhelmingly to ban
gay marriage in their constitutions – once it becomes legal few
voters are finding it to be much of a burden on their lives,” PPP's
Tom Jensen said in releasing the results.