NGLTF survey says religion played bigger role than race in vote on Prop 8

Posted on 08 Jan 2009 at 7:17pm
By Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A new study suggests that church attendance and political ideology played a greater role than race in determining whether voters supported California’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The study published Tuesday, Jan. 6 by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force concluded that strongly held religious beliefs accounted for the greater support the measure secured among black and Latino voters compared to whites and Asians.

The report, based on a postelection survey and precinct-by-precinct analysis of counties with the largest black populations, also challenged an election day exit poll that estimated 70 percent of African-American voters cast ballots in favor of Proposition 8.

The researchers, Patrick Egan of New York University and Kenneth Sherrill of Hunter College, say only 57 to 59 percent of black voters favored the gay marriage ban.

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