Trying to make social issues the sole focus of this election is out of line with what voters want and expect from candidates. In fact, the most recent New York Times poll shows that a majority of voters favor some form of relationship recognition for gay and lesbian couples. The report found that 58% of respondents favored marriage or civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, while only 38% oppose any recognition for these couples.
In a poll conducted by The New York Times:
page 16, question 74:
Which comes closest to your view? Gay couples should be allowed to legally marry OR gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry OR there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship?
Civil unions: 36%
No legal recognition: 38%