New Poll in WA State Shows Strong Support for Marriage Equality
May 31, 2012 by Tony Wagner, Western Regional Field Director
A new Strategies 360 poll released yesterday in Washington State shows voters approve of the new marriage equality law by a 54-33 percent margin. This independent, statewide poll finds that an overwhelming majority of voters approve of Washington’s law extending civil marriage to same-sex couples. In addition to extraordinary support by Democrats (87 percent), the poll also found significant support among Independents, nearly mirroring the full poll, at 52-36 percent.
Next week, Washington United for Marriage, the coalition campaign leading the defense of the new marriage law, expects opponents to submit more than enough signatures to put the existing law allowing committed same-sex couples to marry in Washington up for referendum in November. Opponents have indicated that they now have 150,000 signatures collected and are aiming to turn in 200,000 by the June 6 deadline. 120,577 valid signatures are needed for the referendum to qualify.
Zach Silk, the campaign manager for Washington United had this to say about the recent developments:
In Washington, we did it right. With broad support from Republicans, Independents and Democrats, we passed a law that respects all of our families while protecting the rights of religious institutions to make their own decisions. This poll affirms what we see and hear every day: that Washingtonians believe that marriage belongs to all loving, committed couples. Our opponents are already spinning fear and spreading misinformation. We know that they will do whatever it takes to win. They are out-of-step with Washington values, but thanks to their paid signature operation, they'll turn in huge numbers and succeed in putting the law on November's ballot. And we know that what lies ahead is a campaign designed to frighten and confuse voters.
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