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New York state split over gay marriage: poll
Fri, May 15, 2009
NEW YORK, USA - The debate over gay marriage has split public opinion in New York down the middle, according to a statewide poll out Thursday.
The poll comes days after New York's state legislature on Tuesday approved a law allowing gay weddings, a measure that now faces a much tougher reading in the upper house.
The poll by Quinnipiac University shows that 46 percent of New York state voters opposed same-sex marriage, while 46 percent supported it.
Yet 63 percent do not believe that same-sex marriages are a threat to traditional marriage, and 60 percent believe that a homosexual couple should be able to adopt children.
Broken down by race, African-Americans largely oppose gay marriage - 57 percent against 35 percent that support it - while whites are slightly in favor, 47 percent to 45 percent.
The party divide is also marked, with 59 percent of Democrats supporting gay marriage and 34 percent opposing it, while 68 percent of Republicans oppose the measure, with 24 percent supporting.
Fifty-eight percent of New Yorkers between the ages of 18 and 34 support gay marriage, but that support drops to 42 percent for those between the ages of 34 and 54, and drops further to 31 percent for those above the age of 55.
The general results however contrast sharply with a Quinnipiac poll five years ago, which showed a clear majority - 55 percent - opposed gay marriage, and only 37 percent supported it.
The poll, which has a 1.8 percent margin of error, was carried out between May 5-11 among 2,828 voters registered in New York state.
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