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52% of Registered Voters Approve of Same-Sex Marriage, Poll Finds

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From California's 1st legal same-sex wedding. (Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist)
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A second poll conducted in the past few weeks indicates that same-sex marriage has increasing--and now majority--support from California's voters, according to LA Now. In a Los Angeles Times/USC poll, registered voters who were surveyed "said 52% to 40% that 'same-sex couples should be allowed to become legally married in the state of California.'"The poll also indicated that support for gay marriage has a dominant place in voters under 30 (3 to 1 in favor), while opposition holds a majority in those 64 and older. What the age divide might prove to mean is that over time, Californians will likely grown increasingly supportive of same-sex marriage, provided today's young voters don't mature into more conservative voters.

Other polls conducted of late also illustrate a slowly rising majority in approval of gay marriage, including one released last month by the Public Policy Institute of California that found 49% of the state's voters saying they are in favor, with 45% opposed.

These numbers, however, do not mean California will vote in favor of same-sex marriage with ease come the November election; older voters tend to turn out more in non-Presidential elections, and those voters tend to vote in opposition of the issue.