The poll also showed a plurality support the state Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. The state’s high court will hear the case in three weeks, and have already received briefs from those on both side of the issue.
The poll showed that 51 percent say they favor “allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally.” The poll showed 42 percent in opposition.
Nearly equal amounts on each side have strong feelings — 35 percent strongly favor same-sex marriage while 34 percent strongly oppose it.
The poll was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove for Why Marriage Matters New Mexico. The group is a public education campaign by the ACLU of New Mexico, the national ACLU, Equality New Mexico (EQNM), Freedom to Marry, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
These are groups that are in support of same-sex marriage in the state and support a court case in front of the state Supreme Court that is seeking to allow same-sex marriage statewide.
The poll showed 47 percent support the state Supreme Court issuing a ruling that allows “all committed gay and lesbian couples” to marry. The poll shows that 40 percent oppose.
When asked about the state Supreme court issuing a rule that clarifies same-sex marriage throughout the state — in light of some counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples while others do not — 53 percent favor a ruling by the Supreme Court. Just 40 percent oppose.
Some, most prominently Gov. Susana Martinez, support a vote on whether or not same-sex couple should be allowed to marry.
The poll showed 53 percent say they would vote yes in a ballot initiative granting same-sex couples the right to marry, while 41 percent say they would oppose it.
Conversely, when asked about a constitutional amendment to bar same-sex couples from marrying, 54 percent said they would oppose and just 38 percent said they would vote in favor. A total of 42 percent said they felt strongly against such a constitutional amendment, four percent more than the total of those who would vote for it and ten percent more than the 32 percent who said they felt strongly about voting for it.
The poll also showed a majority believe there will be not much of an impact or very little impact on their family and community.
“This poll confirms what we already knew: New Mexicans are ready to extend the freedom to marry to loving, committed same-sex couples,” said Amber Royster, executive director of EQNM. “Equally important, it shows that most New Mexicans don’t believe marriage equality will have much, if any, impact on their own lives.”
“It’s clear that if the New Mexico Supreme Court upholds the lower court’s ruling, the majority of people would embrace that decision,” said Peter Simonson, the executive director of ACLU-NM. “Voters don’t want a constitutional amendment on the ballot. They want all New Mexicans to be able to marry the person they love.”
The poll was conducted between September 18 and 22. A total of 502 registered voters were polled. The margin of error on the poll is 4.4 percent.