Surprising Statistics That Show What Utahns Really Think About Marriage Equality

A survey of 600 Utahns conducted from January 10–13 by SurveyUSA for The Salt Lake Tribune found the state was evenly split on their views about marriage for same-sex couples.

1. Utahns are evenly split on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to get married.

When asked, “Should same-sex couples in Utah be allowed to get state-issued marriage licenses?” 48% of respondents said yes and 48% said no.

2. But they overwhelmingly support some sort of recognition for same-sex couples.

For nearly a quarter of Utahns, opposition to marriage is debatable. When asked “Should same-sex couples in Utah be allowed to form civil unions or domestic partnerships?” nearly three-quarters said yes.

3. And most Mormons support recognition for same-sex couples as well.

Sixty-five percent of Mormons said they support civil unions or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

4. They’re evenly spilt on whether married same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children.

When asked “Should married same-sex couples in Utah be allowed to adopt children?” 45% of respondents said yes and 45% said no.

5. About one in three Utahns said their views on marriage for same-sex couples have changed over time.

When asked, “Have your views on same-sex marriage changed over time? Or are your views the same as they have always been?” 36% said their views had changed.

6. And the percentage of Utahns opposed to any sort of recognition for same-sex couples has dropped from more than half to a quarter in 10 years, according to five polls conducted over the past decade.

Hunter Schwarz / BuzzFeed / Via Data: Utah College Exit Poll, Utah Voter Poll, SurveyUSA poll

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