New Poll Finds Most Michiganders Support LGBT Equality Issues

By Todd Heywood

A new poll by Glengariff group and released by WDIV in Detroit has found that the majority of Michigan citizens support legalizing marriage equality, recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states and amending the state's civil rights law. By a wide margin, most Michiganders oppose religious freedom laws.

The poll of 600 representative Michigan voters, leaders and politicians found an overwhelming majority of Michiganders oppose so-called religious freedom laws, by a margin of 76.5 percent to 18.5 percent.

Support for marriage equality stayed stable at 55.5 percent in favor of approval to 32.5 percent in opposition. In relation to marriages performed outside of the state of Michigan, 61.4 percent of voters supported recognizing those same-sex marriages when the couple moves to Michigan; 27.3 percent oppose such recognition.

Of keen interest, 77 percent of those polled said they supported amending the state's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to protect the LGBT community -- a legislation dream unfolding since 1981; 17.9 percent of voters polled opposed amending the state law. The poll found even those voters who identified as strongly Republican supported the amendment to Elliott-Larsen, 70.8 percent to 22 percent. Older voters, aged 65-plus, also broadly supported such an expansion 76.9 percent to 18 percent.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has an overall positive rating from voters, 55 percent to 39 percent, while a majority of voters think the legislature is doing a poor job, 50 percent to 34 percent.

The poll also found the majority of voters support legalization of small amounts of marijuana for those 21 and over in the state, 56.1 percent to 35.7 percent

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