Raleigh, N.C. -- Gay marriage has been legal for three weeks in Maine now, and for most voters in the state it's not proving to be a big deal. 78% say it's either had no impact or a positive impact on their life, while just 22% claim its becoming legal has had a negative effect on them. Even among Republican voters, who largely opposed it at the ballot box in November, 60% grant that it's not actually having any negative impact on them. Voters continue to think gay marriage should be legal by a 53/43 margin, numbers pretty similar to the election results.
“78% of Maine voters- including a majority of people who voted against it in November- say that gay marriage being legal in the state is not having an adverse impact on their lives,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “For all the debate over the years it’s turning out not to be a big deal for the vast majority of voters in the state.”