Raleigh, N.C. – As everywhere, public opinion is moving toward same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, which is one of only a few states where it is legal. 62% want it to be legal and only 30% illegal, up from 58-31 in March, 60-30 last September, and 59-33 last June.
Even two-thirds of those who do not like that gay marriage is offered by the state think gay couples should at least have the option of civil unions with the same legal rights. Overall, 88% of Massachusetts voters think same-sex couples should be able to form a legal union, whatever it is called.
Most voters do not think the advent of gay marriage has had any impact on their lives. 64% said it has not affected their own day-to-day lives at all, and more (20%) say it has had a positive effect than a negative one (16%). That is consistent with numbers when the same question was asked in the previous two polls. Even 59% of those who think it should be illegal again say it has not curbed their lifestyle.