The latest polling on same-sex marriages shows a significant increase in support among African-American voters in Maryland following President Barack Obama’s public announcement in favor of same-sex marriages.
The poll was conducted on behalf of Marylanders for Marriage Equality.
According to Public Policy Polling, the referendum to uphold the state’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland seems poised to pass with 57 percent of Maryland voters saying they are likely to vote for the new marriage law this fall. Only 37 percent opposed it.
This 20 percent margin represents a significant shift from an identical PPP poll conducted in March, when 52 percent of voters said they supported the law and 42 percent opposed it.
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This shift can largely be attributed to a change in opinion among black voters, according to Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling. Previously, 56 percent said they would vote against the new law with only 39 percent planning to uphold it. Those numbers have now dramatically flipped, with 55 percent of African-Americans planning to vote for the law and only 36 percent opposed to it.
Those statistics reflect a nationwide trend. A recent ABC/Washington Post found 59 percent of African-Americans across the country support same-sex marriage.
“An endorsement of same-sex marriage was long considered risky for President Obama because of the expected backlash from the African-American community. Few seemed to consider the alternative, which polling suggests is playing out instead: Rather than changing their minds about the president, some black voters are reconsidering gay marriage.”
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