Florida voters oppose gay marriage 50% to 40%, new Q-poll says; is this a positive trend?

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In a new poll from Quinnipac Universty, there are some difficult numbers for proponents of civil unions and gay marriage.

Or are they?

On the issue of same-sex marriage, Florida voters, who have banned such unions in the State Constitution, now say they oppose them 50 – 40 percent.  Considering that Florida voters banned same-sex marriage with 62% of the vote in 2008, can these new numbers not be considered progress for those who support gay marriage?

Other details from the Q-poll…

Men oppose same-sex marriage 55 – 35 percent while women are divided 44 – 46 percent.  Support is 57 – 33 percent among voters under 35 years old.  Opposition is 52 – 38 percent among voters 35 to 54 years old and 55 – 36 percent among voters over 55.

When given a three-way choice:

  • 36 percent favor gay marriage;
  • 34 percent back civil unions;
  • 23 percent oppose all legal recognition.

A total of 22 percent of Florida voters say same-sex marriage is “extremely important” or “very important” to their presidential vote, while 26 percent say “somewhat important” and 49 percent say “not important.”

Romney’s opposition to same-sex marriage will not affect their vote, 56 percent of Florida votes say, while 23 percent say it makes them more likely to vote for him and 19 percent say less likely.

“While the issue of same-sex marriage looks like it affects only one-third of Florida voters, we know from experience what a few votes can mean in the Sunshine State,” said Brown.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.