N.J. residents favor gay marriage, poll says

A recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll indicates more residents of New Jersey narrowly favor extending civil marriage to same-sex couples than those who oppose it.
Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey hold their license following their civil union ceremony at the Lambertville Municipal Courtin Lambertville in 2007. A new poll says the majority of New Jersey residents support expanding gay rights to include marriage. (Mel Evans/AP)
Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey hold their license following their civil union ceremony at the Lambertville Municipal Courtin Lambertville in 2007. A new poll says the majority of New Jersey residents support expanding gay rights to include marriage. (Mel Evans/AP)

A recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll indicates  residents of New Jersey narrowly favor extending civil marriage to same-sex couples than those who oppose it.

Between Nov. 6 and Nov. 10, 46 percent of the poll’s respondents said gay marriage should be legalized. Forty-two percent opposed legalizing gay marriage, and 12 percent were undecided.

“And interestingly, about half the undecided respondents would accept legalizing gay marriage, while only 18 percent would support some kind of ban, suggesting that they are not a potential source of opposition to a gay marriage bill,” said David Redlawsk, director of the poll and a political science professor at Rutgers University.

The poll also indicates if gay marriage were passed in New Jersey, 52 percent would accept the law while 40 percent would support a ban, reversing the law.

The data comes two weeks after Chris Cristi, a Republican who opposes gay marriage, won the election for governor of New Jersey.

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