Support for Same-Sex Marriage in Michigan Takes a Turn
Polls last year showed the majority of those in Michigan in support of the idea of same-sex marriage. But now, it seems they may be having second thoughts.
A new Epic-MRA survey shows that if a vote on the issue were held today, 47% would vote in favor and 46% would vote against lifting the ban.
The survey, conducted between May 17-20, was conducted for the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV.
The most significant finding showed that while the majority are still in favor of allowing gays to marry in Michigan, the numbers are down significantly from numbers in a similar poll last year when 55% were in favor.
The Lansing State Journal is reporting that Bernie Porn, President of the Lansing-are polling firm, is suprised by the results.
"It's still too early to tell if the poll is a statistical outlier or respresents a shift in the public mood," Porn said.
The survey found the majority of most age groups were against lifting the ban. Only those between the ages of 18 and 34 were strongly in favor at 68% support. Those 65 and older were most opposed.
The Epic-MRA survey also found support for gay marriage from those in the highest and lowest income groups, more women and voters in the Detroit area.
Those surveyed in norther Michgian were the most opposed at 63%
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