Number of the Day: 53 percent

December 6, 2012 | Number of The Day

New Jerseyans support same-sex marriage by a 53 percent to 36 percent margin, with 12 percent undecided, according to a recent survey by Public Policy Polling. The Raleigh, NC-based polling organization is known to be accurate, albeit left-leaning. Both a majority of Democrats (69 percent) and Independents (54 percent) support same sex marriage, according to the poll, while only 21 percent of Republicans do.

When it comes to race, however, 57 percent of whites, 45 percent of Hispanics and only 37 percent of African-Americans said they would support the measure. Differing opinions due to the age of the respondent were very minor, since only respondents older than 65 had more against the the idea than for it (49 percent against vs. 40 percent in favor.) Of those between 18 to 45 years old, 56 percent said they support it while 55 percent of those between the ages of 45 to 65 were in favor.

An even higher percentage of those polled said that same-sex marriage should be placed on the ballot, something that New Jersey Democratic legislators have been reluctant to do. When asked if voters should be able to decide on the issue, 72 percent of those polled said “Yes,” 16 percent said “No,” and 12 percent said they weren’t sure.