Survey Hints at Less Support for Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new survey indicates the number of Wisconsin residents who believe the state should recognize a marriage as a union only between one man and one woman appears to have dropped slightly in the last two years.

The poll by the St. Norbert College Survey Center and Wisconsin Public Radio says 61 percent said they favored a constitutional amendment to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and woman.

That's down from 66 percent in a poll two years ago. Wisconsin residents will vote on just such a proposal in November, although it also would prohibit civil unions with the same benefits as marriage.

The poll is based on telephone interviews with 400 people March 29 to April 7. The margin of error is listed as plus or minus five percentage points.

On another question, almost two out of three state residents said they favor the death penalty for someone convicted of a vicious murder in which there is conclusive DNA evidence.

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