70% Support for Marriage or Civil Unions for Same-Sex Couples.

October 1, 2008

You read that right, seventy percent of Pennsylvania voters support marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples!

New polling results released this weekend show about 70 percent of Pennsylvania voters supporting same-sex marriage or civil unions, according to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Program for Deliberative Democracy, a public opinion polling organization based at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

These results confirm recent polling data released by Susquehanna Polling and Research in February indicating that 65 percent of Pennsylvania residents support civil unions for same-sex couples while just 27 percent oppose it.  Support for civil unions include 58 percent of Republicans, according to the Susquehanna poll, with just 35 percent of registered GOP voters opposing.

Pennsylvania voters are obviously ahead of their elected officials on this issue.  Seventy percent– it’s very hard to get seventy percent of people to agree on anything— support equality and fairness for LGBT people and their loved ones.

The Deliberative Poll was conducted this past Saturday at Carnegie Mellon University, Slippery Rock University, Shippensburg University, and the Community College of Philadelphia and required participants to research information on the topic, hear from experts, and then answer survey questions.

For more information on the poll, click here.