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Posted June 27, 2011
Civil union stance could be key GOP issue, Iowa Poll suggests

A new statewide poll suggests GOP candidates' stance on same-sex marriage could be key to the 2012 caucuses.

Where a Republican presidential candidate stands on civil unions might have a lot to say about where he or she ends up at the party’s Iowa caucuses in February.

The Iowa Poll says 58 percent of Iowa Republicans who are likely to attend a party caucus would reject any candidate who favors civil unions for homosexual couples.

The poll says 13 percent of those surveyed would consider a candidate who supports civil unions, and 27 percent said a candidate’s stance is not a concern. Two percent weren’t sure.

The issue was the touchiest among the respondents’ feelings on 10 controversial topics raised in the poll.

The Iowa Poll of the 400 Republicans, conducted by Selzer & Co., has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

One Response to Civil union stance could be key GOP issue, Iowa Poll suggests

  1. national polls show some 53% of the American people favor equal protection under the law for gays and lesbians.

    The Iowa GOP base is out of step with the rest of the nation; any candidate produced by the Republican promary will also be out of step.

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