Field Poll: Same-sex marriage support climbs sharply, hits 61%

Published: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013 - 10:06 pm

Support for same-sex marriage in California has moved beyond 60 percent, with approval from voters in virtually every category growing substantially over the past three years.

A new Field Poll found that Golden State registered voters favor same-sex marriage by 61 percent to 32 percent. Support has grown significantly in all age groups and regions of the state and among all ethnic groups.

A majority of Republicans continue to oppose gay marriage, but support among the GOP has grown from 26 percent to 39 percent since 2010.

"The dynamic that has occurred in the last three years kind of spans all populations," said Mark DiCamillo, the poll director. "It's almost as if it's a societal change."

National polls show Californians far more supportive of gay marriage. A Washington Post-ABC News national survey late last year found 51 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed. The poll comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in March over the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative Californians approved to ban gay marriage.

– Dan Smith, Bee Capitol Bureau

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