Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20408
 
1Should same-sex couples be able to share in the legal benefits of marriage, such as the right to inherit property and the right to make medical decisions for one another? Or should the legal benefits of marriage be restricted only to couples consisting of a man and a woman?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Same-sex Couples60%54%66%77%57%53%42%69%49%59%67%55%**38%85%55%34%67%91%62%62%40%
Man And a Woman38%44%33%23%39%47%52%29%49%39%33%35%**61%12%43%64%31%5%35%37%57%
Not Sure2%3%2%0%5%0%6%2%2%2%0%10%**1%3%2%1%2%4%3%1%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%33%22%28%17%55%45%81%5%8%5%32%33%30%31%30%21%53%37%10%
 
 
2Are you familiar with Proposition 8, which Californians passed into law in 2008, which defines marriage in California as being between one man and one woman?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.6%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Yes80%87%74%74%86%84%78%79%82%80%70%93%**80%78%85%85%81%75%76%87%79%
No18%11%24%25%12%14%17%20%15%18%30%7%**17%20%14%13%16%23%22%11%20%
Not Sure2%2%2%1%2%2%5%1%3%3%0%0%**2%2%2%1%3%2%2%2%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%33%22%28%17%55%45%81%5%8%5%32%33%30%31%30%21%53%37%10%
 
 
3Proposition 8 was found unconsitutional by a federal district court in 2010. That ruling was upheld by a federal appeals court in 2012. Now the case has reached the Supreme Court of the United States. How should the Supreme Court rule? Should it uphold the appeals court ruling, which would end Proposition 8? Should it overturn the appeals court ruling, which would leave Proposition 8 in effect? Or do you not know enough to say?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Uphold The Appeals Court42%38%46%48%44%42%26%47%36%41%40%48%**30%64%32%22%47%71%41%47%28%
Overturn The Appeals Court40%48%33%40%43%43%33%41%39%43%26%29%**51%24%47%64%32%18%40%40%42%
Do Not Know18%15%21%12%13%15%41%13%25%16%34%23%**19%12%21%15%21%11%19%14%29%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%33%22%28%17%55%45%81%5%8%5%32%33%30%31%30%21%53%37%10%
 
 
4Over the past couple of years, has your opinion on same-sex marriage remained the same? Or has it changed?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Remained The Same87%88%86%90%93%83%81%91%82%88%80%78%**88%84%88%89%84%85%83%92%90%
Changed12%10%13%8%7%16%17%8%16%11%10%21%**11%15%9%10%16%15%15%7%8%
Not Sure1%2%1%2%0%2%3%1%2%1%10%1%**1%1%3%1%0%0%2%1%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%33%22%28%17%55%45%81%5%8%5%32%33%30%31%30%21%53%37%10%
 
 
5How long ago did your opnion change?
58 Whose Opinions Have ChangedAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 13.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalNortheasSoutheasWestern
Past Six Months9%14%6%0%20%14%5%8%11%9%**0%**12%7%12%18%3%9%7%21%0%
Past Year33%34%32%48%29%22%38%41%28%39%**0%**43%20%41%60%20%22%26%44%63%
More Than One Year Ago56%48%62%52%51%60%56%52%58%51%**100%**43%70%47%20%77%69%65%35%37%
Not Sure2%5%0%0%0%4%2%0%3%1%**0%**2%4%0%2%0%0%3%0%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Whose Opinions Have Changed100%43%57%23%14%38%25%37%63%78%5%15%2%31%43%25%27%41%27%70%23%7%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.