New Poll Shows Marylanders Still Split on Same-Sex Marriage

BALTIMORE, MD – The Baltimore Sun’s Annie Liskey reports that Marylanders continue to be split over the issue of gay marriage.  In a new OpinionWorks poll, 43% oppose gay marriage while 40% support it.  The poll has a 4% margin of error.

More interesting than the statewide number is some of the breakdowns:

  • Fifty-eight percent of those who attend church once a week want same-sex marriage repealed
  • Sixty-six percent of those who don’t attend church support same-sex marriage
  • Baltimore city residents favor repeal of same-sex marriage with 49 percent opposing the law and 35 percent supporting it
  • Montgomery County is the most friendly in the state to same-sex marriage with 58 percent supporting the law
  • The Eastern Shore is the least supportive of same-sex marriage, with 72 percent wanting the law repealed
  • Women are far more likely to support gay marriage than men; with 47 percent of females supporting the law and 33 percent of men supporting it.

The Baltimore city number is a good indicator of African-American sentiment on the issue.  The Eastern Shore number is not unexpected.

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