The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has released a new poll showing that 56% of likely voters in California now favor allowing same-sex couples to legally marry, an increase of more than 10 points since 2009. The PPIC poll also reflects an increase in public support for the freedom to marry from an identically worded poll of likely California voters conducted in September 2011 by Equality California, which marked support at 51%. Both polls had a margin of error of approximately +/-4%.
Equality California Board President Clarissa Filgioun issued the following statement in response:
“Today's poll numbers affirm that the hard work of the LGBT equality movement and its allies is making a difference; public opinion continues to shift, relatively quickly and inexorably, in favor of the freedom to marry.
Our movement's recent wins for equality from New York and Maryland to Washington and California demonstrate that we are closer than ever before to ensuring that same-sex couples and their families are treated with dignity, respect and equality.
Now we must remain vigilant and continue our efforts to change hearts and minds to ensure that public opinion continues to keep pace with our legislative and legal victories and that our opponents’ lies about equality for gay and lesbian people harming kids have no longer have any place in the public discourse or power over public opinion.”