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Poll: Marylanders Virtually Tied On Same-Sex Marriage

Forty percent of Marylanders would vote to legalize same-sex marriage, while 43 percent would vote to make it illegal, a new statewide poll released today by OpinionWorks shows. The polling firm interviewed 601 randomly selected registered voters across the state of Maryland to respond to the same-sex marriage bill recently signed into law by Gov. Martin O’Malley, which may be included on the ballot this November if opponents of the law are able to collect enough signatures before deadline. Just 5 percent of respondents said they would vote on the referendum if it appeared on the ballot — although they were still undecided — while 11 percent claimed they held no opinion or were unlikely to vote on the matter. Given many of those undecided are more likely to be younger and lean Democratic, the vote could easily sway in the referendum’s favor. — Fatima Najiy

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