New poll shows a majority of Maine voters support the freedom to marry
June 18, 2012
This morning, a new independent poll was released in Maine that indicates that the freedom to marry has majority support in the state. A new poll from WBUR, conducted by MassINC Polling Group, found that 55 percent of Mainers surveyed said they support a ballot initiative that is pushing to approve the freedom to marry across the state. Only 36 percent said they oppose the campaign.
This latest poll is on par with several other polls that have previously demonstrated statewide support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. In March, a Public Policy Polling survey indicated that 54 percent of likely voters approved of the citizen's initiative, and an April poll from the Maine People's Resource Center found 58 percent of voters saying "yes" to marriage for all couples.
The ballot initiative is being led by Mainers United for Marriage, a coalition of organizations dedicated to winning marriage for all same-sex couples in Maine. Freedom to Marry is a leading and founding member of the coalition.
Matt McTighe, the campaign manager for Mainers United, reacted to the new poll this morning in a statement. He said:
Polling in Maine - and around the country - consistently shows that voters are changing their minds about allowing same-sex couples to receive a marriage license. In the past two years, we've had more than 88,000 one-on-one conversations with Maine voters, and we can see a difference. More and more people agree that all loving and committed couples should be able to marry.
The consistent support for the freedom to marry is evidence that Americans are continuing to take the time to consider why marriage matters for same-sex couples. These polls indicate record momentum for marriage support, and they show that voters are coming to the correct conclusion about marriage: that it is the only way to truly protect same-sex couples and their families.
It is critical that we continue to engage with diverse cross-sections of the population - in Maine, in other battleground states, and across the country - so that we can build this majority even more and solidify our country's support for fairness for all families. By investing time, money, energy, and passion into these marriage campaigns, we can more fully develop a national climate for victory and ensure that the freedom to marry for all can become a national reality.