A clear majority of New Jersey voters favor a law that would allow same-sex couples to get married, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. But those same voters overwhelmingly support Gov. Chris Christie's (R) idea to allow voters to decide the fate of the law, which he vetoed after it passed the state legislature earlier this year, through a ballot referendum in November.
In the statewide poll of registered voters, 53 said they support same-sex marriage, while 42 percent are opposed. But 67 percent said Christie's proposal to bring the law to a statewide vote is a "good idea." Moreover, voters are split on both Christie's veto and the prospect of a legislative override. When asked about Christie's veto, 44 percent said the governor did the right thing, while 48 percent said it was the wrong thing to do.
There is a nearly identical divide over how the Democratic-controlled legislature should respond: 48 percent said that state lawmakers should attempt to override Christie's veto, while 45 percent said that legislators should not pursue that option.