In new poll, majority of Rhode Islanders back same-sex marriage

Jan 31, 2013

The Rhode Islanders United for Marriage coalition is pointing to support for same-sex marriage in a new poll by Public Policy Polling:

“The poll released today by Public Policy Polling finding 57 percent of Rhode Islanders want to extend the unique protection and recognition of marriage to all Ocean State families mirrors the strong support our grassroots campaign has been hearing for months now,” said Ray Sullivan, Rhode Islanders United for Marriage campaign director. “Support for marriage equality is strong and growing every day, as we tell
the stories of our friends and neighbors who are unfairly unable to access the rights and benefits marriage bestows. Our broad coalition of organizations supporting equality looks forward to continuing to tell those stories and fight for all Rhode Island families.”

Public Policy Polling conducted the automated telephone survey of 614 Rhode Island voters from January 28 - 30. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The margin in the PPP poll, although not overwhelming, is broader than one survey cited in December by The New York Times:

In a Pew poll conducted in October, 49 percent of respondents said they favored allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally and 40 percent were opposed. Four years earlier, in August 2008, the numbers were just about reversed: 39 percent in favor and 52 percent opposed.


The Times also cited a Gallup poll from November in which 73 percent of people between 18 and 20 said they backed same-sex marriage, while only 39 percent of those older than 65 did.