Poll shows Californians favor same sex marriage

by Joseph Pimentel AJPress
LOS ANGELES—The percentage of Californians opposing a constitutional amendment that would reinstate a ban on same-sex marriages have grown over the past year, according to the Field Poll, an independent and nonpartisan organization.

The surveys latest finding released on September 18 revealed that 55 percent of Californians opposed while 38 percent favored Proposition 8, the initiative to ban same-sex marriage on the November election ballot. In May, the Field Poll’s first survey on the subject found that 51 percent had opposed the proposition. During the same time, an LA Times/ KTLA poll found that 54 percent of California residents favored the ban on same sex marriages.

“During the past two months, voter opposition has increased toward Proposition 8,” said Mark De Camillo and Mervin Field, the researchers of the poll.

The Field Poll’s recent findings show that voters are keen on this issue. The report found that 70 percent of voters have “heard something about Proposition 8.”

De Camillo said that the survey found that preferences on Proposition 8 divide sharply by party, ideology, region, religion and educational status of the voter.

The report revealed that Democrats oppose the initiative nearly four to one. Republicans are in favor of the ballot initiative by almost a three to one margin. Meanwhile, a majority (56 percent) of non-partisans are lining up on the No side.

The survey found that 57 percent of voters living in coastal counties or touching the San Francisco Bay are opposed to Proposition 8. By contrast, voters living in inland counties are closely divided (44 percent Yes vs. 48 percent No).

The poll also revealed that 52 percent of Protestants favor the bill. Catholics (55 percent) and those affiliated with other religions oppose the bill. The findings in the report are based on a random sample survey of 830 likely voters in California.

However, those favoring Proposition 8 are wary of the recent Field Poll survey.

“Recent polls published by California media outlets claim that Proposition 8 to restore marriage in California as between a man and a woman, is trailing among voters. These polls, including the Field Poll released this week, suffer from the same historic problem that other polls on this subject around the country have had: they do not accurately reflect the true support for traditional marriage,” said Frank Schubert, campaign manager for ProtectMarriage.com in a statement. “For example, the Field Poll showed that support for Proposition 22 in 2000 was at 53 percent right before the election, yet over 61 percent of voters supported the proposition.”

Anti-Proposition 8 supporters have already been lining up to defeat the ballot measure.

Earlier this week, actor Brad Pitt announced he’s donating $100,000 to fight the November initiative.

“Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8,” said Pitt in a statement published in the LA Times.

With the November election only two months away, expect Proposition 8 supporters and oppositions to make a strong push about their case. (www.asianjournal.com)

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