Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20402
 
Should 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+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Same-sex Couples67%66%68%78%62%61%65%71%62%69%46%66%73%78%61%59%72%64%46%74%89%57%69%61%78%
Man And a Woman30%32%28%20%36%35%33%27%35%29%52%32%22%19%36%37%26%33%50%23%11%39%28%37%21%
Not Sure3%1%4%2%2%4%1%2%3%2%1%3%5%3%2%4%2%3%3%4%0%5%3%2%1%
Total100%100%100%100%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%26%26%15%59%41%44%6%33%17%36%64%25%50%22%27%39%25%18%42%19%22%
 
 
Are 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+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Yes85%84%86%82%89%89%78%85%85%89%94%78%85%84%86%86%88%82%81%88%83%86%84%89%82%
No11%12%10%14%8%7%18%11%11%9%3%16%10%12%11%7%11%13%12%10%14%12%9%11%15%
Not Sure4%4%4%4%2%4%5%3%4%2%3%6%5%4%4%7%2%6%8%2%3%2%6%1%3%
Total100%100%100%100%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%26%26%15%59%41%44%6%33%17%36%64%25%50%22%27%39%25%18%42%19%22%
 
 
Proposition 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+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Uphold The Appeals Court52%52%52%64%49%46%37%58%43%53%53%52%46%63%46%54%54%45%34%55%76%40%55%50%57%
Overturn The Appeals Court32%36%28%26%32%37%37%28%37%37%23%28%28%25%36%36%31%32%51%27%14%47%31%32%20%
Do Not Know17%13%20%10%19%17%27%14%21%10%24%19%26%13%19%11%16%23%15%18%11%13%14%18%23%
Total100%100%100%100%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%26%26%15%59%41%44%6%33%17%36%64%25%50%22%27%39%25%18%42%19%22%
 
 
Over the past couple of years, has your opinion on same-sex marriage remained the same? Or has it changed?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Remained The Same79%75%82%77%81%84%69%79%78%82%78%74%80%78%79%80%81%76%78%73%86%86%75%84%76%
Changed17%22%13%21%15%14%19%18%16%17%11%22%11%19%17%17%16%21%17%25%11%12%20%14%20%
Not Sure4%2%5%2%4%2%12%3%6%1%11%4%9%3%4%3%4%3%4%3%3%2%5%3%4%
Total100%100%100%100%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%26%26%15%59%41%44%6%33%17%36%64%25%50%22%27%39%25%18%42%19%22%
 
 
How long ago did your opnion change?
87 Whose Opinions Have ChangedAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceCell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 10.7%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalCentral Greater Inland EBay Area
Past Six Months7%6%7%5%6%7%12%5%9%12%**2%5%9%5%7%6%2%9%7%0%8%3%11%10%
Past Year40%42%37%34%42%38%56%37%46%31%**47%36%33%45%43%45%36%55%37%31%28%57%31%19%
More Than One Year Ago48%44%55%54%52%52%25%53%41%51%**46%59%55%44%38%49%54%26%53%69%44%40%53%64%
Not Sure5%7%1%8%0%3%6%5%4%6%**5%0%3%6%12%0%7%11%4%0%20%0%5%6%
Total100%100%100%100%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%63%37%40%22%21%17%62%38%45%4%41%10%39%61%24%45%26%26%55%16%13%48%14%25%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.