A new poll released Friday shows little
support for an attempt to repeal the state's gay marriage law.
Granite State poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center
found that only 27 percent of 500 randomly selected adults reached by
telephone support repealing the law, while 50 percent are strongly
opposed to repeal.
The law was approved in 2009 when
Democrats controlled both chambers of the state Legislature and the
governor's mansion. Republicans last year wrested control of the
Legislature from Democrats and have promised to revisit the law when
lawmakers reconvene in January.
“Strong opponents of repealing
same-sex marriage continue to outnumber strong proponents by more
than 2 to 1,” Andrew Smith, director of the UNH Survey Center, told
WMUR. “The New Hampshire public is not showing any strong desire
to repeal this law.”
Candidates who favor repeal of the law
are also viewed less favorably, according to the poll. Forty-four
percent of adults said they were less likely to vote for such a
Strong opposition to repeal was
palpable last year at a House committee hearing on the issue, which
attracted over 600 people, most
of whom said they were opposed to the law's repeal.