Iowa Poll: Majority opposes ban on same-sex marriage

February 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

from The Des Moines Register.

Iowa Poll from the Des Moines Register

A majority of Iowans oppose passage of a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows.

The poll found that 38 percent favor a legislative initiative to pass a constitutional amendment, while 56 percent are against. Six percent aren’t sure.

The findings show little movement on the issue from February 2011, when 40 percent of those surveyed supported passing an amendment, while 54 percent were opposed.

Ben Tuttle, 26, of Ames, an airport worker who refuels airplanes, said his reasoning for opposing the amendment is simple: “Equality for all.”

Lou O’Brien, 50, of Ankeny, a payroll supervisor and a self-described swing voter, embraces a contrasting view. “I believe in the original family unit,” she said. “That is the way I was brought up.”

Age makes a difference, although support for a constitutional ban fails to reach a majority in any age group. Thirty-four percent of Iowans under 35 support a ban. Among Iowans 55 and older, the figure rises to 43 percent.

Political affiliation makes a difference, too. Sixty-four percent of Republicans favor a ban, but just 35 percent of independents and 15 percent of Democrats. GOP candidates frequently say they believe marriage should be restricted to one man and one woman. Many Democrats see marriage for gays and lesbians as a civil rights matter.

The poll, which surveyed 800 adults Feb. 12-15, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Read the full article from The Des Moines Register.


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