A second Quinnipiac University poll released today shows wide support for same-sex marriage.
By a margin of 56 percent to 37 percent, New York voters support legislation that would legalize gay marriage, the poll found. The margin is the widest in support of the measure in the history the polling institute has asked about gay marriage.
New York progressives, disheartened by the big cuts that are likely to be proposed next Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, were cheered by the mention the governor made to support for same-sex marriage in his State of the State earlier this month.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t make a big issue of same-sex marriage in his state-of-the-state speech, but he said he was for it and so are most New Yorkers,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “New York State voter attitudes about gay marriage have shifted dramatically since April 15, 2004, when Quinnipiac University first asked about gay marriage and found voters opposed the measure 55 – 37 percent.”
The state Legislature came close to passing a gay-marriage bill in 2009, but the measure faltered in the Senate.
The poll also found support for lawmakers who are lawyers to reveal their clients and oppose the public financing of campaigns. Lawmakers are discussing a possible ethics bill that would expand existing disclosure laws. Good-government groups also want the state to adopt a public financing system similar to what New York City has.
Here’s the full poll and crosstabs: