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Poll: Iowans Split on Gay Marriage Ban


Iowans are almost evenly divided over the issue of a constitutional amendment to end marriage for same-sex couples, according to a poll conducted by the Des Moines Register.

According to the Register, 41% of respondents say they would vote for a ban and 40% say they would vote to continue same-sex marriage. The remaining 18% either would not vote or say they are not sure.

The poll also reveals that those strongly opposed to marriage equality, 35%, is nearly double the percentage of those who strongly favor marriage equality, 18%.

While over half of those polled have adamant opinions on the issue, the overwhelming majority of Iowans, 92%, responded that gay marriage has brought no real change to their lives.

This is the first Iowan poll to examine opinions since the Iowa supreme court in April overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The newspaper's poll of 803 Iowans ages 18 and older was conducted September 14 to 16 by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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