Civil Beat Poll — Hawaii Support for Same-Sex Marriage Grows
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Hawaii voters are split over making same-sex marriage legal in the islands, with 44 percent in support and 44 percent opposed. But support is growing.
Only a handful of residents surveyed by Civil Beat earlier this month said they hadn't made up their mind on the controversial issue.
The trend in Hawaii is similar to national polls showing growing support for gay marriage, also known as marriage equality.
When Civil Beat asked voters where they stood on the same issue in April 2012, a majority (51 percent) said they did not believe same-sex couples should have the legal right to get married. Just 37 percent felt that they did and 12 percent were undecided.
"This is the trend of the country," said Matt Fitch, executive director of Merriman River Group, which conducted The Civil Beat Poll. "It is just something that people are moving on from. I think this is becoming less of a flashpoint. Not only that, those opposed to it are less fervent as well."