Marriage Poll: Majority Opposes Ban on Same-Sex Marriage in Iowa

Marriage Poll: Majority Opposes Ban on Same-Sex Marriage in Iowa

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A recent poll conducted by Des Moines Register suggests a majority of Iowans oppose a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Iowa.

According to the paper, roughly 56 percent of those polled earlier this month were against the proposed amendment, while 38 percent favored the idea. Only 6 percent were undecided. These numbers are up only slightly from last year when 40 percent of those surveyed supported an amendment, and 54 percent were opposed.

34 percent of Iowans under age 35 support a ban. Among Iowans 55 and older, the figure rises to 43 percent.

The poll of 800 Iowans, conducted from Feb. 12 to 15, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled same-sex marriage legal in April 2009. In November 2010, voters ousted three of the justices who were on the ballot for retention. The Iowa Senate supports the marriage amendment.

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