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Poll finds small plurality of Texas voters support same-sex marriage

AUSTIN, Texas — Support for marriage equality continues grow in Texas, as a new poll shows a minor plurality of voters now favor legalizing same-sex marriage.

By a margin of 47.9% to 47.5%, Texas voters now support the freedom to marry, according to the poll, conducted by Glengariff Group and commissioned by Equality Texas, a statewide LGBT advocacy organization.

The percentage represents an increase of 5.2% in support since September, 2010.

Support for the freedom to marry increased by 11.3% among Independents, increased by 15.7% among African-Americans, increased by 14.3% among 18-29 year-olds, and increased by 11.1% among those over age 65.

According to the poll, Texas voters now support all 11 rights issues that pertain to LGBT citizens. There was a statistically significant increase in support among five of the eleven issues, including:

  • 80.0% of voters support a guaranteed right to make end of life medical decisions for a partner; an increase in support of 4.9%.
  • 70.2% of voters support a legal right to inherit possessions if there is no will in place; an increase in support of 4.8%.
  • 65.7% of voters support extending domestic partnership benefits to government/public university employees; an increase of 3.4%.
  • 52.0% of Texas voters now support recognizing the marriages of same-gender couples from states that currently allow marriage; an increase in support of 3.6%.

“The updated poll clearly shows that our vision of a state of equality for all Texans is, indeed, a mainstream value shared by the vast majority of Texans,” reported Equality Texas. “This concrete data demonstrates a bipartisan shared vision of equality that crosses all demographic lines, political party affiliation, race, age, and geographic location.”

The survey of 1,000 registered voters has margin of error of +/- 3.1% with a 95% level of confidence.

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