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Vermont Poll: Across Ideology, Most Agree World Didn't End After Gay Marriage Legalization


Ever more more instructive was one of the questions in the poll that asked if "...the legalization of gay marriage in Vermont had a positive or negative impact on your life, or has it not had any impact at all?" Overall, 60% of respondents said it hadn't had any impact at all, but a look inside the numbers saw that this opinion was held by a majority of most voters in the state by ideology. The crosstabs show that 73% of political moderates said there was no impact on their own lives, so did 60% of those who said they were "somewhat conservative," and 43% of those who describe themselves as "very conservative." The "very conservative" category was the only one with a majority saying that the new law had a "negative effect" on their life, at 56%.

Lest anyone think that this group of somewhat-to-very Vermont conservatives aren't the real thing, this same group opposed the newly established state-level single payer health care system by large margins, with 68% of "somewhat conservative" voters rejecting it and 81% of the "very conservative" category.

The PPP (D) survey included automatic interviews with a large sample of registered voters for a small state like Vermont, 1,233 voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.