Sign of the Times: Poll Shows Voters Will Hold Candidates Accountable for Opposing Marriage Equality

by HRC Staff

WASHINGTON – A new poll conducted by Zogby Interactive shows that Republican presidential candidates who continue to oppose marriage equality will find themselves increasingly likely to be rejected by voters in a general election.

According to the poll, which was sponsored by the Huffington Post, 35 percent of voters said they would be less likely to support a Republican candidate who signed a statement opposing gay marriage – compared to 31 percent who said they would be more likely to support such a candidate.

“This poll is yet another sign that support for marriage equality and LGBT people overall continues to grow,” said Fred Sainz, Vice President for Communications at the Human Rights Campaign. “We expect that our next President will support marriage equality.  Nine out of 10 Americans now know someone who is LGBT. They see loving and committed LGBT couples contributing to their communities and in many cases, raising children. This poll makes it clear that candidates who don't support marriage equality face the potential of being rejected on election day.”

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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