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Majority of New Yorkers Support Gay Marriage

By Meredith Hoffman

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — New Yorkers' support for the state's new gay marriage bill is strongest among the young and those who don't affiliate themselves with any certain religion, a new study has found.

A slight majority — 54 percent — of New Yorkers of all ages and religions polled support the new legislation, while 70 percent of voters under age 35 support the measure, according to a study released Tuesday by Quinnipiac University.

Religion seems to have more of a sway over support for the same-sex marriage bill, passed Friday by the New York State Senate. 78 percent of unaffiliated New Yorkers support the bill. Catholics are split in half over support of the bill, a slight majority of Protestants oppose the bill, and a majority of Jews support the bill, at 67 percent, according to the Quinnipiac study.

70 percent, of New Yorkers said that opposition from religious leaders would not affect their stance on the legislation.

"Throughout the down-to-the-wire drama and the narrow margin in the State Senate, voter support for same-sex marriage has been consistent," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.