A plurality of Utahns agree that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry (49%) and an overwhelming majority believes it would not impact their own marriages, families, or Utah as a whole, according to a new poll by Benenson Strategy Group conducted by Joel Benenson and Amy Levin.
The study, which was featured in today's Washington Post, also found that most Utahns (67%) want the Supreme Court to take up the issues; meanwhile, 66% said they believe that regardless of their personal position on the issue, the Court will ultimately rule in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Utahns are split on whether they support same-sex marriage, but a majority say its legislation in the state wouldn't affect their family.
A Benenson Strategy Group poll released Monday found that 49 percent of Utahns think same-sex couples should be able to marry, compared with 48 percent who do not. When respondents were asked whether same-sex marriage would affect their families, 69 percent of respondents said it would not. The remainder were about evenly split on whether the effect on their family would be positive or negative. Married respondents also were asked whether same-sex marriage would affect their own marriage, and 94 percent said not much or not at all compared with 5 percent who said a great deal or somewhat.
The poll, conducted last week for the group Freedom to Marry, found that 70 percent of Utahns have close friends or family members who are gay and 40 percent said they have become more open in the past several years to legalizing same-sex marriage.
You can find the full findings memo below: