Support For Gay Marriage Surpasses 50 Percent in New Jersey

By Paul Kurtz

(CBS) — For the first time, a majority of New Jersey voters is in favor gay marriage.

In the latest survey by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, 52 percent of voters support gay marriage; 42 percent are against.

Quinnipiac’s Mickey Carroll says the numbers represent a sharp departure from the previous poll:

quinnipiac poll Support For Gay Marriage Surpasses 50 Percent in New Jersey“It’s the first time in Quinnipiac measures that gay marriage in New Jersey has passed the 50-percent mark, and it’s a reversal. The last time we did it, in November, New Jerseyans were narrowly against it, 49-46.”

Still, there are divisions, and Carroll says they run along religious and racial lines.

“Protestants, narrowly against, 51-44.  Catholics for it, 50-45. White voters, 55 to 39 in favor. Black voters, 51-45 against.”

White voters apparently see it as a civil rights issue while black voters see it as a moral issue, Carroll thinks.

Democrats in the New Jersey legislature have made same-sex marriage their opening issue this session.

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