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Poll: Majority of Maryland voters back marriage equality law

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Politico
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August 2, 2012

A new poll out from Marylanders for Marriage Equality found that more than 50 percent of the state's voters would back the proposed law that would allow same-sex couples to marry.

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed in the poll, conducted by Hart Research, said they'd vote for the law, compared with 40 percent who said they'd vote against.

Here's more from the Hart Research polling memo:

In addition to the 54% majority who would vote FOR marriage equality, we are also encouraged by the growing INTENSITY among supporters.

Strong “FOR” support is now 43%, strong “AGAINST” is 35% — an eight-point advantage for marriage equality. Previous polling, even those finding marriage equality with a lead, show a more EVEN divide between strong FOR and strong AGAINST voters - in March of this year it was 39% strongly or, 38% strongly against.

In a separate survey question, we asked Marylanders the importance of the marriage equality referendum. It is notable that among the near-majority of Maryland voters who rate the issue as EXTREMELY important, 66% would vote FOR marriage equality and just 33% would vote AGAINST.

We've seen public opinion shifting more toward acceptance of gay marriage this year, in the wake of President Obama's endorsement and the Democrats including a pro-gay marriage plank in their party platform. This poll is another example of that shift in support.