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NY1 Exclusive Poll: New York City Residents Split Over Gay Marriage

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An exclusive NY1 poll shows that New York City residents are split over legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State, with 46 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed. Eleven percent of New Yorkers say they aren't sure whether they favor or oppose same-sex marriage and one percent refused to state their position.

Same Sex Marriage

Do you favor or oppose legalizing same-sex marriage in New York State?

Not sure11%


• New Yorkers are divided on the issue of same sex marriage, with 46% saying they favor the legislation and 42% opposed.

• Opinion on this issue is related to age, race, gender and education, with 56 percent of those under 30 in favor versus only 32 percent of those over 65, 51 percent of whites in favor versus 34 percent of blacks and 46 percent of Latinos, 51 percent of women in favor versus only 39 percent of men, and 52 percent of those with a post graduate education in favor versus 38 percent of those with no college.

• Religion is an important factor, but it also reflects the race differences on this question. Jews favor same-sex marriage 48 percent to 39 percent, while among Catholics, who are mostly white or Latino in the city, there is a split 45 percent to 45 percent, and among Protestants, who in New York City are largely black, the view is more negative (37 percent favor and 49 percent oppose).

• Manhattanites are by far the most in favor at 60 percent in favor/30percent oppose, while Queens is most opposed at 37 percent in favor/50 percent oppose.


The NY1 News poll was conducted by Baruch College Survey Research between May 12, 2009 and May 16, 2009 and included 754 NYC residents with a margin of error at +/- 3.6 percent.

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