survey finds Alabamians support marriage amendment
A majority of Alabamians strongly support a constitutional amendment
banning same sex marriage. The issue is being debated in the current
is among the findings of the winter Ask
Alabama public opinion survey, conducted by the Center for Governmental
Services at Auburn University. Ask Alabama releases monthly results
of polls on topics of interest to Alabamians.
to Ask Alabama's January telephone survey of 624 Alabama residents,
nearly three quarters of Alabamians (74%) consider the issue of
a constitutional amendment banning gay or lesbian marriages in the
State to be important. However, the issue generates concern for
a greater proportion of those who identify themselves as conservative
than those who are moderate or liberal. A similar division exists
between those identifying themselves along party lines. "While
69% percent of Republicans strongly support the measure, Democrats
are more equally divided," says poll director Jim Seroka.
difference helps explain the current debate among legislative party
leaders on the timing of a public vote on an amendment. "Democratic
leaders sense the issue will mobilize more Republicans to vote.
Thus, if the measure is included on a general election ballot, it
could affect the outcome of other partisan races on the ballot,"
findings of the Ask Alabama poll on a same sex marriage ban include:
the period from July 2004 to February 2005, Alabamians have become
more supportive of a gay marriage amendment (54 percent strongly
support an amendment, up from 48 percent).
The issue dominates the attention of Alabamians; only 3 percent
surveyed indicate they have no opinion on a same sex marriage amendment.
results of the Ask Alabama poll on "Attitudes about Same Sex
Marriage Amendment" can be found at www.askalabama.org.
The poll had a sample size of 624 resident Alabamians 19 years of
age or older, and an estimated margin of error of +/- 4 percent.
Ask Alabama telephone surveys on issues of interest to Alabamians
are conducted quarterly, and poll results will be released monthly.