Poll: Louisiana Majority Opposes Same-Sex Marriage
A recent poll shows most Louisiana voters still oppose same-sex marriage.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 664 registered voters, revealing 55 percent of respondents are against same-sex marriage in Louisiana, while 32 percent are in support of it.
The opposition is decreasing, according to an August 2013 poll by the same firm. Then, 63 percent of respondents opposed same-sex marriages.
Pollster Tom Jensen says attitudes are changing.
There is, at least, an increasing consensus that gay couples should have the same legal rights as heterosexual couples.
"That's actually a 12-point shift in favor of gay marriage just compared to a year ago," Jensen said. "We found that last year the opposition was 63 percent, now down to 55, (and) support up from 28 to 32."
Jensen says the survey shows a generational divide among citizens when it comes to same-sex marriage.
"The biggest reason we still see strong opposition to gay marriage in Louisiana is that seniors are opposed to it by a 67-to-19 margin," Jensen said. "But when you look at young voters under 30, they support it 49 to 33."
Jensen says Louisiana is still one of the most conservative states in the country when it comes to this issue, but the wheels are turning: He says the poll shows that 62 percent of Louisiana voters at least support civil unions for same-sex couples.
"So even though there's a lot of voters who still aren't comfortable with the term 'marriage' when it comes to same-sex couples, there is, at least, an increasing consensus that gay couples should have the same legal rights as heterosexual couples," Jensen said.