Poll: sharp jump in Ill. support for gay marriage


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A new poll shows gay marriage has seen a sharp jump in support among Illinois voters.


The poll by Southern Illinois University's Simon Public Policy Institute found that 44 percent of voters support legalizing gay marriage. That's up 10 points from two years ago.


Nearly one-third of voters said they back civil unions for gay couples.


Only 20 percent oppose any legal recognition of same-sex couples.


Pollsters interviewed 1,261 registered voters by phone between Sept. 4 and Sept. 10. The margin of error is 3 points plus or minus.


The gay-rights group Civil Rights Agenda calls the results "a huge leap forward."

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