Poll shows more Texans support same-sex marriage than oppose it

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Two same-sex couples and their attorneys speak to the media after a hearing on their lawsuit challenging Texas’ marriage bans in February. (John Wright/Lone Star Q)

For the first time ever, an independent poll has shown that more Texans support same-sex marriage than oppose it.

The poll from Texas Tech University found that 48 percent of Texans are in favor of same-sex marriage, while 47 percent oppose it, according to a news release.

The poll was conducted by undergraduate students at TTU’s Earl Survey Research Lab.

“In the past, support for gay marriage in this state was below 40 percent,” said associate professor Mark McKenzie, who oversaw the poll. “Now, we’re closely divided on the issue. … Democrats and Independents strongly support gay marriage, while Republicans are strongly opposed to it.”

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll in June 2013 found that 39 percent of Texans supported same-sex marriage — only a slight increase from polls over the previous four years.

However, no poll has been conducted since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act last year — or since a federal judge in San Antonio struck down the state’s marriage bans in February.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, has appealed the judge’s decision. State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, has come out in support of same-sex marriage. In 2005, three-fourths of voters approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution banning same-sex marriage.

The Texas Tech poll surveyed 454 registered voters from March 6 to April 3. It has a margin of error of 4.6 percent.

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The Texas Tech survey, conducted over the telephone, surveyed 454 people across the state of Texas that are registered voters at least 18 years old.  The margin of error was found to be +/- 4.6%.Read More: Results of Texas Tech Students’ Post-Primary Survey Released | http://kfyo.com/results-of-texas-tech-political-science-students-post-primary-survey-released/?trackback=tsmclip

48% were in favor of recognizing gay marriage while 47% of the survey’s respondents were against it.

Read More: Results of Texas Tech Students’ Post-Primary Survey Released | http://kfyo.com/results-of-texas-tech-political-science-students-post-primary-survey-released/?trackback=tsmclip

48% were in favor of recognizing gay marriage while 47% of the survey’s respondents were against it.

Read More: Results of Texas Tech Students’ Post-Primary Survey Released | http://kfyo.com/results-of-texas-tech-political-science-students-post-primary-survey-released/?trackback=tsmclip

48% were in favor of recognizing gay marriage while 47% of the survey’s respondents were against it.

Read More: Results of Texas Tech Students’ Post-Primary Survey Released | http://kfyo.com/results-of-texas-tech-political-science-students-post-primary-survey-released/?trackback=tsmclip

48% were in favor of recognizing gay marriage while 47% of the survey’s respondents were against it.

Read More: Results of Texas Tech Students’ Post-Primary Survey Released | http://kfyo.com/results-of-texas-tech-political-science-students-post-primary-survey-released/?trackback=tsmclip

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