A survey from the Maine People’s Resource Center offers up another data point on how quickly the gay marriage fight has turned, since 53 percent of Mainers rejected a same-sex marriage law in 2009:
Another poll question asked for an opinion on same-sex marriage, which will be the first question on the November ballot.
MPRC asked: “Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose allowing same-sex couples to be legally married in Maine?”
More than 43 percent said they strongly favored legalizing same-sex marriage, while 14.5 percent said they were somewhat in favor. More than 28 percent were strongly opposed and 11.7 were somewhat opposed.
It’s numbers like those that make it a near-certainty that 2012 will be the last presidential election with no major-party nominee supporting gay marriage (at least, so far.) And for those in the Democratic universe who argue that it’d be safe and helpful for Barack Obama to endorse same-sex marriage, the speed with which states like Maine have shifted is encouraging.
The same poll also shows independent former Gov. Angus King is the defining and in some ways singular figure in the U.S. Senate race, taking 56 percent to the nearest Republican’s 22 percent and the nearest Democrat’s 12 percent. My colleague Manu Raju wrote last week on how King could very well decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate after November.
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