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3:58 p.m., Feb. 19
More and more Californians support gay marriage, finds the latest Field Poll.
According to the poll, 59 percent of registered voters say same-sex couples should be allowed to get hitched, an eight percent climb compared to 2010. Conversely, 34 percent are against same-sex marriage while seven percent remain on the fence.
The percentage of those in favor is at the highest level since the Field Poll began surveying voters on the issue in 1977. Back then, the numbers were reversed, with 59 percent opposed and 28 percent in favor.
Among the most significant change was found in conservative voters. In 2010, The Field Poll found 26 percent of registered Republicans supported gay marriage. In the latest poll, that number jumped to 39 percent.
"The findings in this survey demonstrate that California voters over time have become more permissive on this issue," reads the release.
"It is also apparent that some voters who support only allowing civil unions, but not marriage to same-sex couples, move to the side of approving same-sex marriage when the issue comes down to an either-or proposition."