Poll Shows Rapid Increase in Virginia Support for Marriage
According to a new Washington Post poll, support for legal marriage for gay and lesbian couples has risen to 56% of all adults (33% want to them to remain illegal). This is a sea change, especially given that in 2006, 57% of the state’s voters adopted a constitutional amendment prohibiting that very thing.
And the shift in just two years is stunning: in May 2011, 46% approved of legal marriage and 43% wanted such marriages kept illegal. Politically, only Republicans retain a majority in favor of the current law (47-40%) while Democrats favor legal marriage 75-21% and independents support legalizing same-gender-loving marriage by the same margin as the overall population (56-33%).
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And there’s more. Based on the polling data, that there has been a significant increase in support for marriage equality among African-Americans (64-28). Also, non-evangelical white Christians support equality 61-27.
The only region in the state registering disapproval of equality is the western portion of the state (38-56%), with Tidewater and NoVA registering approval above 60%. White evangelical Protestants and the elderly continue to resist equality, only 23% of these religious people registering support and only 38% of those 65 and over doing so.
We are examining the underlying demographic data closely and will have more to say, so stay tuned as POFEV builds on this information to inform our strategies to carry equality work forward!
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