For the first time, the Gallup Organization sought the public's opinion about healthcare and Social Security for same-sex committed couples. The question was:
American adults appear to be more strongly in favor of equal benefits for gays and lesbians than are in favor of civil unions: 1
2003-APR-11 to 22: New Hampshire poll: The University of New Hampshire Survey Center conducted a poll of 509 adults in the state. Margin of error is 4.4%. Some findings:
On legalizing same-sex marriage, 65% of women but only 43% of men were in favor. Seventy percent of subjects aged 18 to 29 years favored same-sex marriage; only 32% of those over 69 were in favor. 2
2003-MAY: New Jersey poll: A poll conducted by New Jersey City University for The Jersey Journal newspaper revealed that a significant majority of Hudson County residents supported legalized same-sex marriage. Hudson county includes the cities of Jersey City, Union City, Bayonne, and Hoboken. The poll was supervised by Fran Moran, of the Political Science Department, and Bruce Chadwick, of the English Department. They were surprised by the support for gay marriage, saying: "Hudson is a working-class, blue-collar and heavily Catholic county and we surmised that residents would be strongly against gay marriage."
Some results of the poll:
Moran and Chadwick were surprised at finding more support from men than from women. They said:
Of all of the dozens of polls that we have seen, this is the only one that found men were more accepting of SSM than women.
2004-MAR-24: Focus on the Family web site poll: Focus on the Family is a fundamentalist Christian group centered in Colorado. They held "Love won out" conferences that try to teach parents how to prevent homosexuality in their children, and to teach gays and lesbians to become heterosexuals. They conducted an opinion poll on their web site. The question was: "Do you think homosexual couples should be able to marry? 3 Result were:
Presumably, the vast majority of visitors to their website were fundamentalist or other evangelical Christians and voted as one would expect.
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