Updated 08/10/2011 10:52 PM
NY1 Exclusive: Majority In Poll Back Marriage Equality, Senators Who Supported It
A little more than two weeks have passed since same-sex marriages have started to be performed in New York, and an exclusive NY1/Marist poll has found that the state voters and many . NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
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A same-sex wedding is something New Yorkers are likely to only see on TV.
In an exclusive NY1/Marist poll, 79 percent of surveyed New Yorkers say they do not expect to attend a same-sex marriage in the next year. But 70 percent of respondents say they would go, if invited.
Even 34 percent of those surveyed who stand against gay marriage say they would attend the nuptials.
The enthusiasm is echoed on the city streets.
"I want to witness it, I haven't been to any," said a New Yorker.
"I would definitely go to a same-sex marriage," said another.
"Lesbians I can deal with, but gays, no," said a third.
The poll also finds that 55 percent of New Yorkers support the law which allows gay couples to legally marry, 36 percent oppose it and 9 percent are unsure.
Results show more support -- 59 percent -- among those making $50,000 or more per year.
Even more same-sex marriage backers are among college graduates (62 percent of respondents) and those under 45 years of age (62 percent of respondents).
The ringing endorsement grows even more among those who picked up their cellphones for the survey (70 percent of cellphone users) instead of their landlines (61 percent of landline users).
But what will the vote for the marriage equality bill mean to politicians when New Yorkers head back to the polls next year?
The poll found 44 percent of voters say they are more likely to support a state senator who voted to pass the Marriage Equality Act, while 30 percent are less likely.
Among registered Democrats, 55 percent are more likely and 21 percent less likely to support state senators who voted for the bill.
Among registered Republicans, 24 percent are more likely and 43 percent are less likely to support state senators who voted for the bill.
For registered voters who are not enrolled in a party, the coveted independent vote, senators who cast their ballot for the bill have an even better shot of catching their support.
About 45 percent of independent voters are more likely to vote for that state senator, whereas 35 percent are less likely.
"It doesn't look at this point that it's going to be a major liability for individual senators," said Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff.
The poll also found more support same-sex marriage among the state's white population (67 percent) than the non-white population (59 percent).
Pollsters say anecdotally that support of same sex marriage continues to grow though among all groups.
The NY1/Marist College pollsters interviewed 600 state residents, including 517 registered voters, between July 28-31. The margin of error is +/4 percentage points for general questions and responses from registered voters have a margin of error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.