A new poll released this morning by Indiana Equality Action shows an overwhelming shift in Hoosier's attitudes about a proposed anti-same-sex marriage amendment. Most Indiana residents oppose the amendment and pro-LGBT measures have massive levels of support. The poll surveyed 400 registered voters and has a margin of error of 4.9% with a 95% confidence level.
47% of respondents opposed the marriage amendment while only 43% support it. The poll included more Republican responses than Democrat and showed surprising results; 35% of Republican and 30% of self-identifying conservatives oppose the measure as do 41% of seniors. The poll also found that Hoosiers were much more interested in economic issues than a ban on same-sex marriage or civil unions.
When questioned about their level of support for protections in public accommodations, housing and employment, 65% of respondents favored amending Indiana law to include sexual orientation and gender identity; 28% opposed such a law. Indiana currently does not have these protections in place and the legislature has refused to even debate such a bill.
While proposed legislation to add sexual orientation and gender identity to school bullying laws failed dramatically this year after intense opposition from the religious right, the poll indicates that legislators ignored the wishes of their constituents. 74% favored adding LGBT students to current bullying laws and only 21% were in opposition. Several Hoosier teens have been attacked or taken their own lives after anti-gay bullying incidents in the past couple of years.
An Indiana state senate committee is expected to vote on the marriage amendment tomorrow but supporters remain hopeful that vigorous opposition from Indiana businesses, media outlets, prominent bipartisan politicians, and civil rights organizations will ultimately defeat the measure. You can download a copy of the Indiana Equality poll summary to see the complete results.