STATE – While New Jersey lawmakers failed to legalize same-sex marriage last year, Garden State voters support it according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling.
Forty-seven percent of voters favor legalizing same-sex marriage, while 42 percent oppose it. The strongest support comes from those between the ages of 30 and 45: 55 percent are in favor and 35 percent are opposed. Support was weakest among younger voters – just 37 percent of those ages 18 to 29 believe same-sex marriage should be legal.
New Jersey does offer civil unions for same-sex couples. When asked which option they preferred, voters were split evenly: 41 percent said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, 40 percent support civil unions and 17 percent oppose any recognition. Democrats were more likely to favor same-sex marriage, while Republicans were more likely to prefer civil unions.
The telephone poll was conducted from July 15-18 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percent.
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