Exit Poll: Nearly Half Of Gay Marriage Supporters Went For Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) opposes same-sex marriage, but many supporters of gay nuptials didn’t hold that against him in the state’s gubernatorial race.

According to exit poll data, 60 percent of New Jersey voters said they support same-sex marriage compared with 36 percent who said they are opposed.

Forty-nine percent of those supporters said they voted for Christie, the same percentage who backed Democrat Barbara Buono, who supports gay marriage and repeatedly hammered the Republican incumbent for his stance on the issue.

Christie cruised to re-election on Tuesday with a resounding win over Buono.

Despite his position on the issue, Christie opted last month not to appeal the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling that allowed same-sex couples to get married in the state. 

A mere six percent of voters cited same-sex as the most important issue in the race.


Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.