The results were weighted to represent the population by demographic factors such as age, sex, region and education.

No more than one time in 20 should chance variations in the sample cause the results to vary by more than 3 percentage points from the answers that would be obtained if all Americans were polled, slightly larger for the split sample.

This margin of sampling error is larger for responses of subgroups, such as income categories. There are other sources of potential error in polls, including the wording and order of questions.

(SPLIT SAMPLE)

1A. In general, do you think gays and lesbians should or should not be allowed to be legally married?

-Should, 34 percent

-Should not, 51 percent

-Don't know, 11 percent

-Refused to answer, 3 percent

(SPLIT SAMPLE)

1B. In general, do you think gays and lesbians should or should not be allowed to form a domestic partnership that would give the same-sex couple the same rights and benefits as opposite sex marriage?

-Should, 41 percent

-Should not, 46 percent

-Don't know, 11 percent

-Refused, 3 percent

I would like to read you a proposal in the area of legal recognition of gay and lesbian relationships. For each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose this proposal.

2. Providing health insurance coverage to gay partners. Please tell me would you favor or oppose this proposal?

-Favor, 53 percent

-Oppose, 37 percent

-Don't know, 7 percent

-Refused, 3 percent

3. Providing Social Security benefits to gay partners. Please tell me would you favor or oppose this proposal?

-Favor, 50 percent

-Oppose, 41 percent

-Don't know, 6 percent

-Refused, 3 percent

4. Providing inheritance rights to gay partners. Please tell me would you favor or oppose this proposal?

-Favor, 56 percent

-Oppose, 32 percent

-Don't know, 9 percent

-Refused, 3 percent

5. From what you know about gay and lesbian people, do you think that gay and lesbian people choose to be homosexual or are born homosexual?

-Are born homosexual, 30 percent

-Choose to be homosexual, 46 percent

-Don't know, 20 percent

-Refused, 4 percent




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