Gay Marriage Support Rising in NJ: Poll

Poll finds increased support for same-sex marriage but state split on if Gov. Christie should have vetoed it

Thursday, Mar 1, 2012  |  Updated 8:02 AM EDT
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Gay Marriage Support Rising in NJ: Poll

Gay marriage is a hot topic in the Garden State.

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A new poll finds support for same-sex marriage in New Jersey is growing.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents in the Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday said they would support a gay marriage law, an increase of 5 percentage points from Quinnipiac's last poll conducted in January.

But the survey also shows respondents are evenly divided on whether Gov. Chris Christie was right to veto the gay marriage bill that the legislature approved last month. Forty-eight percent supported Christie's action, while 47 percent opposed it.

In a related issue, 67 percent of respondents support Christie's stance that voters should decide whether to change the definition of marriage.

"So the New Jersey State Legislature passed same-sex marriage and Gov. Christie vetoed it. What's left, for now anyway, is a political issue," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The numbers are all over the lot. Voter support for same-sex marriage goes up every time we ask, but about half of them think Christie was right to veto it. By better than 2-1, they like the governor's proposal for a referendum."

The telephone survey of 1,396 registered voters was conducted Feb. 21-27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

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