Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20586
 
1In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, which defined marriage in the state as between one man and one woman, and ended same-sex marriage in California. The state refused to defend Proposition 8 in court, so it was defended by its original sponsors. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the original sponsors did not have the legal right to defend Proposition 8 in court, and as a result, Proposition 8 will no longer be law, and same-sex marriage will resume in California. This ruling has no effect on any other state. Do you agree? Or disagree with the Supreme Court's ruling?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEvangelicalReligion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Agree45%41%48%49%52%38%43%50%41%47%20%54%**37%57%44%25%51%66%24%63%36%47%32%**64%77%
Disagree48%50%45%46%41%56%47%43%51%46%73%39%**58%37%46%66%42%31%71%30%59%46%58%**36%14%
Not Sure7%8%7%5%7%7%9%6%8%7%7%7%**5%7%10%9%8%3%6%7%5%7%10%**0%9%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%21%22%24%33%43%57%80%8%9%2%41%31%27%29%37%24%39%54%35%17%27%4%5%11%
 
 
2The federal Defense of Marriage act bans the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in jurisdictions which do allow them. As a result, same-sex couples legally married in a state allowing same-sex marriage are treated as unmarried by the federal government. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that this is unconstitutional. Same-sex couples who have married in states where it is legal to do so will now receive the same federal recognition of their marriages that opposite-sex couples receive. Do you agree? Or disagree with the Supreme Court's ruling?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyEvangelicalReligion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicAsian / RepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoProtestaCatholicOther ChJewishSomethinNone
Agree55%54%55%62%62%53%47%62%50%56%45%63%**47%64%57%31%60%86%32%75%45%61%48%**68%77%
Disagree43%44%42%38%37%45%49%37%47%42%51%37%**51%32%42%68%37%13%66%25%52%38%52%**32%21%
Not Sure2%2%3%0%1%2%4%1%3%2%4%0%**2%3%1%1%3%0%2%0%2%0%0%**0%2%
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%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%47%53%21%22%24%33%43%57%80%8%9%2%41%31%27%29%37%24%39%54%35%17%27%4%5%11%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.