A new poll shows
support for California's Proposition 8 has grown in an
11-day period, reports CBS 5, the San Francisco Bay Area
affiliate that commissioned the survey. Proposition 8
would rescind marriage equality for same-sex couples
if passed. The California supreme court legalized
same-sex marriage on May 15.
that among 670 likely voters, 47% now support the ban on
marriage equality, compared with 42% who oppose. Ironically,
a poll conducted 11 days earlier found the same
five-point margin, but that time in the opposition's
favor. SurveyUSA, which conducted the research October
4-5, indicates that the only demographic to shift its
position is young voters, typically the hardest to
poll and predict.
The poll has
a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage
points, which makes the race still too close to call, says
the pollster. A summary released by
SurveyUSA concluded, "Polling on ballot measures
in general is an inexact science, and polling on
homosexuality in general is a tricky business. So, not
too much should be made of the five points that
separates 'yes' and 'no' today."
As in previous
polls, support for a gay marriage ban was strongest among
self-identified conservatives and regular churchgoers.
Liberals and those who consider themselves less
religious made up the lion's share of the opposition.