More people in New Jersey support marriage equality than oppose it, according to a poll released Thursday morning. Conducted November 6 through 10 by Rutgers-Eagleton, the poll found that 46% of adult residents are in favor of extending marriage rights to same-sex couples while 42% oppose the idea. Twelve percent of those polled were undecided, the New Jersey newspaper TheStar-Ledger reports.
"While this tests opinion outside the intensity of a campaign to ban gay marriage, as occurred in California, there is more of a 'live and let live' attitude in New Jersey than in many other states that have dealt with this issue," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University.
The poll comes out just before the state legislature begins a lame-duck session next week. It may consider the issue of marriage equality before Democratic governor Jon Corzine, a marriage equality supporter, leaves office in January. The poll also found that if that if the legislature does pass a marriage bill, 52% would support the new law while 40% would be in favor a constitutional amendment overturning it.