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Gay Marriage Supported By Majority Of New Jerseyans, Poll Says [AUDIO]

When President Obama announced he supported same-sex marriage, did it change your opinion about the issue?

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A just-released poll seems to indicate the answer is – probably not.

Mickey Carroll, the Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling institute says a new survey finds New Jersey voters “approved of same-sex marriage before President Barack Obama did -and they still do – yeah – 53 to 42 (percent)…did his announcement make any difference? Most people say no – it’s pretty much of a wash- a few people said they were more likely to vote for him because of his switch – a few people said they were less likely to vote.”

He says the poll also finds Jersey residents “didn’t like – 48 to 44 – Governor Christie’s veto when the Legislature passed it (same sex marriage) – and they think that the Legislature should override it – 48 to 45 – that’s pretty close – but overwhelmingly they support Christie’s call for a public referendum on it – the Quinnipiac numbers on that- 67 to 27 say they like the idea of having a referendum.”

The poll also finds when it comes to the Governor’s call to enact education reform – and make it “easier to fire bad teachers, merit pay – yeah – on all of those things, Governor Christie comes up positive.”

In addition, the poll indicates more people like Senate President Steve Sweeney’s property tax cut plan – compared to Governor Christie’s income tax proposal.

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