Majority of Wisconsin voters now support same-sex marriageA Marquette University poll shows that support for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin has increased almost 10 percent during the last year, with a majority now in favor of the practice.
By: Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
A Marquette University poll shows that support for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin has increased almost 10 percent during the last year, with a majority now in favor of the practice.
The poll by Marquette University asked 400 registered voters questions about same-sex marriage last week. Pollster Charles Franklin says 53 percent now support the practice – up from 44 percent last year – and another 24 percent favor civil unions. Just one in five people say there should be no recognition for same-sex unions.
Franklin says that's the first time he's seen a majority backing same-sex marriage in Wisconsin
“There has been a fairly significant rise in support for marriage as an option for same-sex couples,” says Franklin. “That’s in line with national trends that have also moved up to a similar or even greater degree over the last 12 months. So in this, Wisconsin seems largely in line with the rest of the country.”
Franklin says the Marquette poll says the support for same-sex marriage fluctuates by age.
“Part of it is generational,” says Franklin. “In the 18-29 year group, it’s over 80 percent approval for marriage. But if you look year to year, older people have become more supportive over time as well.”
Franklin says the question now for politicians is whether to see same-sex marriage as something in the mainstream, or whether it will still be used to divide people. Franklin says poll respondents who say they're Democrats are considerably more supportive of same-sex marriage than are Republicans. The poll's margin of error is 5 percentage points.