May 17, 2012 - Big Age Gap On Gay Marriage In New Jersey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Gov's Private School Scholarship Plan 3-1

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New Jersey voters support same-sex marriage 53 - 42 percent, and support 67 - 27 percent, with strong support from all groups, Gov. Christopher Christie's call for a voter referendum on the issue, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters under 35 years old support gay marriage 77 - 18 percent, as voters 35 to 54 years old support it 58 - 39 percent. Voters over 55 are opposed 53 - 41 percent.

President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of same-sex marriage will not affect their presidential vote, 64 percent of New Jersey voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh- pe-ack) University poll. His support for gay marriage will make them less likely to vote for Obama, 19 percent say, while 16 percent say more likely.

Gay marriage support is 69 - 28 percent among Democrats and 55 - 38 percent among independent voters. Republicans are opposed 65 - 30 percent.

New Jersey voters say by a small 48 - 44 percent margin that Gov. Christie did the wrong thing vetoing same-sex marriage legislation. The State Legislature should override Christie's veto, 48 percent of voters say, while 45 percent do not want an override.

"New Jersey voters approved of same-sex marriage before President Barack Obama evolved, and they still do," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "That 4-1 support among young voters shows this is just a matter of time.

"New Jerseyans like Gov. Christopher Christie and are divided on whether his veto of the same-sex marriage bill was right or wrong. And they're divided on whether the State Legislative should override the veto.

"But voters overwhelmingly endorse Christie's idea of putting it up to a referendum.

"What was the political effect of President Obama's decision? Little or none."

New Jersey voters support 73 - 20 percent Gov. Christie's proposal to give private school scholarships, funded by tax-deductible contributions, to allow students in troubled public schools to attend private and parochial schools. Support is strong among all groups.

While they support Christie's scholarship plan, which uses private contributions, voters oppose by a narrow 49 - 44 percent margin taxpayer-supported school vouchers for students in private or religious schools.

Voters oppose 53 - 36 percent the expansion of charter schools. There is no support for more charter schools from any group.

Tax Cut Plans

New Jersey voters support 54 - 32 percent Christie's plan for a 10 percent across-the- board income tax cut. Support rises from 48 - 34 percent among voters making less than $50,000 per year to 65 - 29 percent among voters making more than $250,000 per year.

By an even wider 59 - 23 percent margin, voters support State Senate President Stephen Sweeney's proposal for a 10 percent property tax credit for households with an annual income of under $250,000. All groups, even voters making more than $250,000, support the measure.

The survey, completed before reports of a compromise between Christie and Sweeney, shows voters prefer the property tax credit to the income tax cut 50 - 38 percent. Voters making more than $250,000 favor the income tax cut 61 - 27 percent. Republicans back the income tax cut 55 - 34 percent while Democrats favor the property tax credit 65 - 22 percent. Independent voters back the property tax credit 47 - 41 percent.

New Jersey voters disagree 50 - 46 percent with Christie's opposition to a so-called millionaires' tax.

"Senate President Stephen Sweeney looks like he comes out ahead in Trenton horse- trading, but Gov. Christie gets points for agreeing to compromise," Carroll said.

"The Gov says he'll make education, including that proposed scholarship plan for some private and parochial school students, his budget-time priority. Voters endorse the scholarship idea. They also support merit pay and re-writing teacher tenure rules."

From May 9 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,582 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

21. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling the state budget?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              54%    82%    27%    59%    59%    50%    59%    27%
Disapprove           38     10     63     35     35     41     35     67
DK/NA                 8      8     10      6      6      9      7      6
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Approve              47%    56%    56%    77%    44%    59%    56%
Disapprove           40     40     41     22     52     36     40
DK/NA                13      3      3      1      5      4      4
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              41%    53%    62%    47%    64%
Disapprove           49     39     32     46     28
DK/NA                10      8      6      7      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling the state budget?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     May 17  Apr 11  Feb 29  Jan 18  Nov 17  Apr 11  Jun 17
                     2012    2012    2012    2012    2011    2012    2010
                                                                     
Approve              54      58      55      52      54      58      45
Disapprove           38      35      38      42      39      35      49
DK/NA                 8       7       7       6       7       7       6
 
 
22. Have you heard or read anything about Governor Christie's recent proposal for a 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  54%    60%    48%    57%    59%    49%    56%    48%
No                   44     37     50     42     39     49     42     50
DK/NA                 2      3      2      1      2      2      2      2
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Yes                  47%    58%    60%    58%    55%    54%    52%
No                   50     40     39     42     44     46     47
DK/NA                 3      1      1      -      1      -      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  53%    51%    60%    54%    53%
No                   44     46     40     45     44
DK/NA                 3      2      -      1      3
 
TREND: Have you heard or read anything about Governor Christie's recent proposal for a 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut?
                     May 17  Apr 11  Feb 29
                     2012    2012    2012
                                     
Yes                  54      59      76
No                   44      38      23 
DK/NA                 2       2       1 
 
 
23. Do you support or oppose Governor Christie's proposal for a 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              54%    78%    36%    56%    55%    53%    57%    39%
Oppose               32     11     47     32     34     31     30     47
DK/NA                14     11     17     12     11     16     14     14
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Support              48%    61%    57%    65%    50%    58%    58%
Oppose               34     30     32     29     36     32     30
DK/NA                19      9     12      6     14     10     11
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              46%    54%    62%    53%    55%
Oppose               44     31     25     32     32
DK/NA                10     15     12     14     13
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose Governor Christie's proposal for a 10 percent across-the-board income tax cut?
                     May 17  Apr 11  Feb 29
                     2012    2012    2012
                                     
Support              54      54      56
Oppose               32      32      33 
DK/NA                14      13      11
 
24. Have you heard or read anything about State Senate President Steve Sweeney's recent proposal for a 10 percent property tax credit for households with an income of $250,000 or less?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  31%    34%    29%    32%    37%    26%    33%    32%
No                   65     60     69     65     60     70     64     68
DK/NA                 3      6      3      3      3      4      3      1
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Yes                  27%    33%    36%    38%    34%    32%    32%
No                   69     64     62     58     62     67     66
DK/NA                 4      3      1      4      4      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  24%    31%    30%    37%    31%
No                   73     66     67     59     65
DK/NA                 4      3      3      4      4
 
TREND: Have you heard or read anything about State Senate President Steve Sweeney's recent proposal for a 10 percent property tax credit for households with an income of $250,000 or less?
                     May 17  Apr 11
                     2012    2012
                             
Yes                  31      35
No                   65      62
DK/NA                 3       2
 
 
25. Do you support or oppose State Senate President Steve Sweeney's proposal for a property tax credit of 10 percent for households with an income of $250,000 or less?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              59%    53%    62%    60%    57%    61%    58%    58%
Oppose               23     25     19     25     25     21     24     24
DK/NA                18     22     19     14     18     18     18     18
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Support              59%    62%    63%    52%    59%    62%    68%
Oppose               20     24     22     32     25     23     20
DK/NA                21     15     15     16     16     15     13
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              51%    65%    52%    60%    58%
Oppose               27     16     32     23     24
DK/NA                22     19     15     17     18
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose State Senate President Steve Sweeney's proposal for a property tax credit of 10 percent for households with an income of $250,000 or less?
                     May 17  Apr 11
                     2012    2012
                             
Support              59      57
Oppose               23      24 
DK/NA                18      19 
 
 
26. In general, which tax plan do you think is better for New Jersey, an across-the-board income tax cut of 10 percent or a property tax credit of 10 percent for households earning less than $250,000?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Income tax cut       38%    55%    22%    41%    42%    34%    41%    29%
Prop tax credit      50     34     65     47     48     51     46     63
DK/NA                13     11     13     12     10     15     13      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Income tax cut       34%    42%    38%    61%    36%    41%    40%
Prop tax credit      50     51     54     27     55     48     50
DK/NA                16      8      8     12      9     11      9
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Income tax cut       33%    35%    43%    42%    37%
Prop tax credit      52     54     44     46     49
DK/NA                16     12     12     11     14
 
TREND: In general, which tax plan do you think is better for New Jersey, an across-the-board income tax cut of 10 percent or a property tax credit of 10 percent for households earning less than $250,000?
                     May 17  Apr 11
                     2012    2012
 
Income tax cut       38      38
Prop tax credit      50      49 
DK/NA                13      13 
 
 
27. Governor Christie has said that he will not support a millionaires tax because he does not want to raise taxes on anyone in New Jersey. Do you agree or disagree with Christie's position?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Agree                46%    73%    25%    47%    49%    44%    50%    18%
Disagree             50     23     70     50     48     51     46     74
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      3      5      4      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Agree                44%    48%    48%    61%    39%    51%    48%
Disagree             50     51     49     36     57     46     49
DK/NA                 6      1      3      3      4      3      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Agree                35%    44%    50%    45%    55%
Disagree             63     51     47     49     43
DK/NA                 2      5      3      6      2
 
 
TREND: Governor Christie has said that he will not support a millionaires tax because he does not want to raise taxes on anyone in New Jersey. Do you agree or disagree with Christie's position?
                     May 17  Apr 11
                     2012    2012
                             
Agree                46      50
Disagree             50      47 
DK/NA                 4       4 
 
 
28. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling education?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              48%    74%    24%    52%    50%    46%    53%    24%
Disapprove           41     15     65     39     40     43     37     68
DK/NA                11     11     11     10     10     12     10      9
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Approve              41%    52%    50%    63%    42%    50%    47%
Disapprove           44     42     43     30     53     42     44
DK/NA                15      7      7      7      5      8      9
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              41%    45%    55%    44%    56%
Disapprove           50     43     34     46     34
DK/NA                 8     12     11     10     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling education?
                     May 17  Mar 01  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 21  Feb 10  Dec 21
                     2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2011    2010
                                     
Approve              48      50      44      41      44      47      45
Disapprove           41      43      52      55      52      48      49
DK/NA                11       7       5       4       4       5       6
 
 
29. Is your opinion of New Jersey's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            59%    52%    68%    58%    58%    60%    61%    58%
Unfavorable          22     29     11     24     24     20     23     10
Hvn't hrd enough     16     15     19     16     16     16     14     27
REFUSED               3      4      2      3      2      3      2      4
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Favorable            48%    64%    71%    58%    70%    61%    62%
Unfavorable          23     21     20     29     17     25     26
Hvn't hrd enough     25     12      8      9     11     12     10
REFUSED               4      3      1      5      2      2      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            58%    59%    57%    62%    58%
Unfavorable          17     21     23     21     26
Hvn't hrd enough     18     18     16     14     14
REFUSED               7      2      3      3      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of New Jersey's public school teachers favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about them? (* Low also 56% Jun 2010)
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low   
                     May 17  Mar 01  Jan 19  Apr 21  Feb 10  Apr 21  Nov 11
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2011    2010* 
                                                                           
Favorable            59      57      57      64      62      64      56    
Unfavorable          22      25      23      16      17      16      24    
Hvn't hrd enough     16      14      17      17      18      17      19    
REFUSED               3       4       3       3       3       3       1    
 
 
30. Is your opinion of the state's largest teachers' union, the New Jersey Education Association, favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            27%    13%    42%    25%    26%    28%    25%    41%
Unfavorable          46     72     21     51     52     40     52     14
Hvn't hrd enough     25     15     36     23     20     30     22     43
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      1      2      1      2
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Favorable            30%    28%    26%    21%    43%    25%    28%
Unfavorable          36     52     54     57     41     49     46
Hvn't hrd enough     33     19     19     21     16     25     25
REFUSED               2      1      1      -      1      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            28%    33%    21%    26%    24%
Unfavorable          38     40     55     47     54
Hvn't hrd enough     30     28     23     25     20
REFUSED               3      -      2      2      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of the state's largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association, favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low   
                     May 17  Mar 01  Jan 19  Apr 21  Feb 10  Mar 01  Nov 11
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2012    2010  
                                                                           
Favorable            27      31      29      30      27      31      21    
Unfavorable          46      46      44      45      44      46      46    
Hvn't hrd enough     25      22      25      24      28      22      32    
REFUSED               1       1       1       1       1       1       1    
 
 
31. Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should be rewarded with additional pay, so called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            70%    73%    71%    69%    73%    67%    68%    83%
Bad idea             24     22     23     25     23     25     27     15
DK/NA                 6      5      6      5      3      7      6      2
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Good idea            69%    73%    68%    81%    59%    75%    74%
Bad idea             25     24     27     18     36     23     24
DK/NA                 6      3      5      1      5      2      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Good idea            80%    71%    80%    60%    66%
Bad idea             18     24     15     31     29
DK/NA                 2      5      5      9      5
 
TREND: Some people say that public school teachers who do an outstanding job should be rewarded with additional pay, so called merit pay. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     May 17  Mar 01  Jan 19  Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 11  Jan 21
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2010    2010
                                     
Good idea            70      72      66      69      68      67      66
Bad idea             24      24      30      27      27      28      31
DK/NA                 6       4       5       4       4       5       3
 
 
32. Governor Christie wants to limit teacher tenure. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            60%    77%    42%    64%    64%    56%    65%    23%
Bad idea             31     18     46     26     30     32     27     65
DK/NA                 9      5     12     10      6     12      8     12
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Good idea            51%    67%    68%    75%    49%    67%    66%
Bad idea             38     26     28     21     44     30     31
DK/NA                11      7      4      5      8      3      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Good idea            49%    60%    74%    54%    61%
Bad idea             38     31     20     35     30
DK/NA                13      9      6     11      8
 
TREND: Governor Christie wants to limit teacher tenure. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     May 17  Mar 01  Jan 19  Apr 21  Feb 10
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011
                                     
Good idea            60      60      59      62      62
Bad idea             31      32      33      32      30
DK/NA                 9       8       8       6       7
 
 
33. Do you favor or oppose providing parents with tax money in the form of school vouchers to help pay for their children to attend private or religious schools?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favor                44%    53%    36%    46%    47%    42%    44%    51%
Oppose               49     41     57     48     48     50     50     42
DK/NA                 6      6      7      6      5      8      6      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Favor                47%    47%    35%    48%    37%    49%    44%
Oppose               44     49     61     49     58     48     53
DK/NA                 9      4      4      3      6      3      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favor                40%    43%    42%    50%    45%
Oppose               51     51     53     43     49
DK/NA                 9      6      5      7      6
 
TREND: Do you favor or oppose providing parents with tax money in the form of school vouchers to help pay for their children to attend private or religious schools?
                     May 17  Mar 01  Jan 19  Apr 21  Feb 10  Nov 24  Jul 03
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2009    2001
                                     
Favor                44      44      44      39      43      43      50
Oppose               49      50      49      56      52      54      43
DK/NA                 6       6       7       6       5       3       7
 
 
34. As you may know, charter schools are operated by private or non-profit organizations. The schools are paid for with tax dollars. Do you think there should be an expansion of charter schools in New Jersey or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  36%    40%    28%    40%    39%    34%    36%    40%
No                   53     46     62     50     53     53     54     52
DK/NA                11     14     10     10      8     14     11      8
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Yes                  37%    38%    36%    45%    30%    42%    41%
No                   49     56     58     47     65     50     52
DK/NA                15      6      5      9      5      8      6
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  39%    35%    32%    36%    40%
No                   49     53     57     55     49
DK/NA                12     12     10      9     11
 
TREND: As you may know, charter schools are operated by private or non-profit organizations. The schools are paid for with tax dollars. Do you think there should be an expansion of charter schools in New Jersey or not?
                     May 17  Mar 01  Jan 19  Apr 21  Feb 10  Jan 21  Nov 24
                     2012    2012    2012    2011    2011    2010    2009
                                     
Yes                  36      41      41      36      41      40      38
No                   53      52      51      56      50      52      55
DK/NA                11       7       8       8       8       8       7
 
 
35. Governor Christie wants the Legislature to pass a bill that would give private and parochial school scholarships to students in some troubled districts across the state. The scholarships would be funded by tax deductible donations from businesses and are considered budget neutral. Do you support or oppose this bill?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              73%    80%    66%    76%    72%    75%    73%    75%
Oppose               20     14     25     18     21     18     19     22
DK/NA                 7      5      9      7      7      7      8      3
 
                     ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME     Union  HAVE KIDS....
                     <50K  50-100 100-250 >250   HsHlds <18    PubSch
 
Support              73%    79%    70%    73%    72%    74%    71%
Oppose               19     15     26     25     23     21     24
DK/NA                 8      6      4      3      6      5      5
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Support              78%    73%    73%    75%    69%
Oppose               15     21     20     16     22
DK/NA                 7      6      8      8      9
 
 
36. Would you support or oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              53%    30%    69%    55%    49%    57%    57%    51%
Oppose               42     65     28     38     45     38     38     46
DK/NA                 5      5      3      7      5      5      6      3
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   WHITE......
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
Support              64%    47%    77%    58%    41%    46%    50%    46%    49%
Oppose               32     48     18     39     53     48     44     50     46
DK/NA                 4      6      5      4      6      6      5      5      5
 
TREND: Would you support or oppose a law that would allow same-sex couples to get married?
                     May 17  Mar 01  Jan 19  Nov 25  Apr 23  Dec 7   Nov 8
                     2012    2012    2012    2009    2009    2006    2006
                                     
Support              53      57      52      46      49      44      41
Oppose               42      37      42      49      43      50      50
DK/NA                 5       6       6       6       8       5       9 
 
 
37. Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be allowed legally to form civil unions but not marry, or should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Marry                48%    26%    65%    49%    46%    51%    51%    43%
Civil unions         32     49     15     34     36     28     34     17
No recognition       15     21     14     13     15     16     11     29
DK/NA                 5      5      6      4      4      5      4     11
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   WHITE......
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
Marry                58%    42%    72%    50%    38%    42%    44%    40%    43%
Civil unions         30     33     20     29     38     35     40     29     40
No recognition        8     20      4     17     18     18     12     25     13
DK/NA                 4      6      3      4      6      5      4      6      5
 
TREND: Do you think same-sex couples should be allowed legally to marry, should be allowed legally to form civil unions but not marry, or should not be allowed to obtain legal recognition of their relationships?
                     May 17  Mar 01  Apr 23
                     2012    2012    2009
                             
Marry                48      47      42
Civil unions         32      34      30
No recognition       15      13      20
DK/NA                 5       6       8 
 
 
38. As you may know Governor Christie has vetoed a same-sex marriage bill passed by the state legislature. Do you think Governor Christie did the right thing or the wrong thing?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Right thing          44%    70%    26%    43%    49%    41%    43%    48%
Wrong thing          48     25     67     48     44     51     50     45
DK/NA                 7      4      6      9      7      8      7      7
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   WHITE......
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
Right thing          38%    49%    29%    40%    54%    53%    49%    51%    49%
Wrong thing          56     43     64     51     39     40     44     41     44
DK/NA                 6      8      7      8      7      7      7      8      7
 
TREND: As you may know Governor Christie has vetoed a same-sex marriage bill passed by the state legislature. Do you think Governor Christie did the right thing or the wrong thing? (* "recently vetoed")
                     May 17  Mar 01
                     2012    2012
                             
Right thing          44      48
Wrong thing          48      47 
DK/NA                 7       5 
 
 
39. Do you think the New Jersey state legislature should vote to override Christie's veto or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  48%    23%    68%    49%    45%    51%    49%    49%
No                   45     72     25     43     48     42     45     44
DK/NA                 7      4      7      9      7      7      6      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   WHITE......
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
Yes                  57%    43%    67%    50%    40%    40%    42%    41%    42%
No                   38     50     28     44     52     54     51     50     50
DK/NA                 5      8      5      6      8      6      7      9      8
 
 
40. Governor Christie says he is prepared to strengthen the state's civil union law. Do you think that is a good idea or bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            56%    65%    50%    55%    56%    56%    57%    47%
Bad idea             25     16     32     24     26     23     23     37
DK/NA                20     19     18     21     18     21     20     15
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   WHITE......
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
Good idea            60%    53%    51%    57%    57%    58%    61%    53%    59%
Bad idea             22     27     27     26     23     21     20     27     19
DK/NA                18     21     22     17     21     21     19     20     22
 
TREND: Governor Christie says he is prepared to strengthen the state's civil union law. Do you think that is a good idea or bad idea?
                     May 17  Mar 01
                     2012    2012
                             
Good idea            56      58
Bad idea             25      25 
DK/NA                20      17 
 
 
41. Governor Christie thinks New Jersey voters should decide the issue of same-sex marriage in a referendum in November. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Good idea            67%    76%    57%    71%    68%    66%    70%    58%
Bad idea             27     18     38     24     27     27     25     33
DK/NA                 6      6      5      5      4      7      5      8
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   WHITE......
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
Good idea            67%    67%    72%    68%    65%    70%    76%    65%    74%
Bad idea             28     26     22     27     29     23     20     27     21
DK/NA                 4      7      6      5      6      8      4      8      6
 
TREND: Governor Christie thinks New Jersey voters should decide the issue of same-sex marriage in a referendum in November. Do you think that is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     May 17  Mar 01
                     2012    2012
                             
Good idea            67      67
Bad idea             27      28 
DK/NA                 6       5 
 
 
42. Does Barack Obama's support of same-sex marriage make you more likely to vote for him for President, less likely to vote for him for President, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More likely          16%     4%    28%    12%    14%    18%    17%    15%
Less likely          19     37      8     17     22     16     19      9
No difference        64     57     63     71     64     65     63     75
DK/NA                 1      2      1      -      1      2      1      1
 
                     COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YEARS.....   WHITE......
                     Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+   Prot   Cath   Prot   Cath
 
More likely          19%    14%    28%    18%     9%     9%    12%     9%    14%
Less likely          14     22      9     18     25     27     20     24     21
No difference        67     63     62     64     65     63     66     66     64
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      1      1      2      1      1
 
 

Demographic Summary