The latest Public Policy Polling (D) survey offers encouraging news for gay marriage proponents in Maine, as voters in the state prepare to take up the issue this November.
In the statewide poll of registered voters, 54 percent of respondents indicated that gay marriage should be legal, while only 41 percent said it should remain illegal.
The polling marks a significant turnabout in Maine, where then-Gov. John Baldacci’s (D) measure to legalize gay marriage was overturned by voters in 2009, 53 percent to 47 percent.
“It looks like Maine will reverse its 2009 vote on gay marriage this fall,” Dean Debnam, President of PPP, said. “That’s symbolic of the shift in public opinion that’s occurred on this issue over the last few years.”