A new poll finds more than half of Hoosiers oppose a constitutional ban on gay marriage.
The WISH-TV/Ball State University poll released this week measures public opinion on a number of issues the General Assembly will face in the upcoming session. The survey found 58 percent of Hoosiers oppose a ban on gay marriage while only 38 percent support it.
When it comes to actually legalizing same sex marriage though, public opinion is divided- with 48 percent of the population supporting legalization and 46 percent opposing.
So why is there a large difference between two similar questions?
Joe Losco is one of the Ball State researchers who conducted the poll. He says most people view a ban as too permanent.
“Given the fluidity nationwide and it’s been changing, very, very quickly, Hoosiers are reluctant to codify that because it becomes that much more difficult to abandon if and when public opinion accepts same sex marriage,” Losco said.
Another pollster who worked on the “Hoosier Survey” says the number of universities in the state coming out against the ban could mean more young people going to the polls in the mid-term election if the ban is on the ballot.
In Indiana 72 percent of people ages 18 to 24 support the legalization of gay marriage.