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MSU Poll: Gay Marriage Gaining Support In Michigan

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EAST LANSING (WWJ/AP) - A Michigan State University poll has found an increase in support for gay marriage in Michigan, with 56 percent of adults questioned saying they support the same-sex unions. Thirty-nine percent say they’re opposed.

Two years ago, those numbers were much closer, with 48 percent saying they supported gay marriage and 51 percent opposed.

The findings are a part of MSU’s quarterly State of the State Survey, which questions Michiganders about a variety of subjects.

MSU economics professor Charles Ballard, director of the survey, said the increase in state support for same-sex marriage mirrors trends around the country.

The survey, a telephone poll of 1,015 Michigan adults, was conducted June 12-Aug. 13. The results have a margin of sampling error of 3 percentage points up or down.

What does Michigan’s Governor think?

“I believe … I support the Constitution that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I also respect people who want to do civil agreements between themselves,” Gov. Rick Snyder said, speaking live on WWJ on Wednesday. (Hear our complete interview with Snyder, touching also on other topics including energy policy and the now-defunct Emergency Manager Law:

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