They want to vote on the issue but 57 percent are in favor versus 37 percent against
Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill last month that would have legalized same-sex marriage in New Jersey is not the end of the road for marriage equality in the Garden State.
A new poll released Thursday (1 March) shows that registered voters in the state favor gay marriage 57 percent to 37 percent. They also are in favor, 67 percent to 28 percent, of the governor's proposal to put the issue to voters in November.
The poll was conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute and comes 13 days after Christie's veto of a bill passed by both houses of the New Jersey legislature.
On the same day as Christie's veto, the Maryland House of Delegates narrowly passed a same-sex marriage bill that was signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday.
According to Bloomberg News, pollsters surveyed 1,396 registered voters by telephone from Feb. 21-27. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
Public sentiment on the issue has shifted in New Jersey since the first Quinnipiac poll in 2006. Then just 41 percent were in favor of gay marriage becoming legal while 50 percent were against.
In the most recent poll, respondents were almost evenly split 48 percent to 47 percent on the question of whether Christie was right to veto the legislation.
The governor, a potential vice presidential pick for the Republican nominee, told CNN last month that his veto was not a move designed to gain favor with his party's socially conservative base.
'I would not compromise my principles for politics,' he said. '… Will it become politically unpopular to have the position I’m having? If it does, so be it. I don’t compromise my principles for politics.'