A piece of hopeful news for gay rights supporters in California.
Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that would, by altering the state’s constitution, take away gay people’s existing marriage rights in California, polled poorly in a recent survey done by the Public Policy Institute of California. Here’s the opening sentence from the press release:
A majority of California’s likely voters oppose Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that would eliminate gay marriage, according to a statewide survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) with funding from The James Irvine Foundation.
And here’s a summary of the details, also from the press release:
Proposition 8, which would amend the state constitution to eliminate same-sex marriage, is favored by 40 percent and opposed by 54 percent of the state’s likely voters. Democratic (66%) and independent likely voters (59%) are against it, and Republican likely voters are in favor (60%). The last time voters decided this issue—in 2000—they approved a ban on same-sex marriages by a wide margin (61% yes, 39% no). After the state Supreme Court ruled that ban unconstitutional, supporters of Proposition 8 qualified the initiative for the 2008 ballot.
The full PDF of the survey can be looked at here: