Analysis of Findings
New Hampshire GOP Primary Voters in Favor of Making the Meaning of Marriage Official
More than three-in-five high-propensity voters (61%) in the first-in-the-nation primary New Hampshire GOP primary voters support a legislative definition of marriage as the union between a man and a woman alongside of a provision for civil unions. One-third opposed (33%). Intensity was telling on both ends of the spectrum with 42% of likely voters strongly endorsing the move (vs. 19% somewhat support) and 25% objecting of it (vs. 8% somewhat oppose).
Majorities of all demographic cohorts were in favor of legislation that rewinds 2010 government action to replace civil unions with same-sex marriage. Tested subgroups more apt than average to “support” or “oppose” a change back to law that provided for traditional marriage between one man and one woman alongside of civil unions are detailed in the following chart.
|Support: 61% Overall||Oppose: 33% Overall|
Those identifying as very conservative, somewhat conservative, Tea Party supportersMcCain supporters in the 2008 Presidential election were significantly more inclined to be in favor legislation. Still, in no demographic group did opposition make up the majority opinion.