Reporting John McDevitt
By John McDevitt
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A recent poll finds the highest support ever for same-sex marriages in New Jersey.
New Jersey voters support same-sex marriage by a margin of 57 to 37 percent, according to a survey conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, where Maurice Carroll is the director.
“It’s a bit of a move up, from 52-42 approval a month or so ago, the last time we did it,” Carroll tells KYW Newsradio. “So the legislature passed gay marriage [see related story], Governor Christie vetoed it [another related story], and people say in this one they agree with the legislature that it’s a good idea — but the votes are all over the lot.”
Carroll says when those polled were given three options — gay marriage, civil unions, or no recognition at all – 47 percent were for gay marriages, 34 percent were for same-sex civil unions, and 13 percent said neither should be legal.
And Carroll says that although people disagree with Governor Christie by a 2-1 margin on gay marriage, they agree with his proposal to put the issue up for the voters to decide.