As the only Midwestern state where it is legal, Iowa is becoming increasingly favorable to same-sex marriage. 46% think it should be legal, and 45% illegal. But when civil unions are included as an alternative, giving gay couples the same rights as marriage, 40% still prefer full marriage equality, 30% favor civil unions, and only 29% think there should be no recognition of these relationships at all. When we asked the same question in April, the breakdown was 35-29-33. Democrats, Republicans, and independents are all more in favor of both marriage and civil unions than before, but particularly Republicans, 14% of whom favor marriage and 36% civil unions now, versus 10-28 four months ago. For Democrats, it is 63-23 versus 57-25, and for independents, 40-31 versus 35-36.Only 24% of Iowa's supported marriage equality back in the mid-90s. That number increased to 44% in 2010. Either way, same-sex marriage support continues to increase year after year, state after state.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Gay Marriage Support Increasing in Iowa
reported late last week that support for marriage equality continue to increase here in Iowa: