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    (i.e. without the ambiguous separate-but-equal "civil unions" copout) is nationally 42% in favor, 30-40% definitely against, and the rest leans against.

    The good news is visible in jpmassar's graph: gay marriage gains 1% support per year net.  There was a fluffy backlash period around 2004 that obscures it, but it's linear increase.

    The 42% current baseline/+1% per year liberal shift (and "undecideds" always voting for the conservative side inside the polling booth) is visible in various other cultural issue polling.  E.g. abolition of the death penalty, social democratic health care (e.g. the 'public option' open to all), and probably others that go generally unpolled.  The 42% is also the national Democratic baseline vote, incidentally.

    Frantic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are unsure that we are doubly sure. -Reinhold Niebuhr

    by killjoy on Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 01:49:38 PM PST

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