More Louisiana voter back same-sex marriage, most still opposed
A recent poll shows most Louisiana voters still oppose same-sex marriage. Public Policy Polling surveyed 664 registered voters. The poll shows 55 percent of respondents are against same-sex marriage in Louisiana, while 32 percent are in support.
But Pollster Tom Jensen says attitudes are changing.
"That's actually a 12 point shift in favor of gay marriage just compared to a year ago. We found that last year the opposition was 63% now down to 55, support up from 28 to 32."
Jensen says the survey shows a generational divide among citizens when it comes to same sex marriage.
"The biggest reason we still see strong opposition to gay marriage in Louisiana is that seniors are opposed to it by a 67 to 19 margin. But when you look at young voters under 30, they support it 49 to 33."
Jensen says Louisiana is still one of the most conservative states in the country when it comes to this issue, but you can really start to see the wheels turning. He says the poll shows that 62 percent of Louisiana voters at least support civil unions for same-sex couples.
"So even though there's a lot of voters who still aren't comfortable with the term 'marriage' when it comes to same-sex couples, there is, at least, an increasing consensus that gay couples should have the same legal rights as heterosexual couples."