A surprise Associated Press poll finds that the public doesn’t believe government can force business owners to violate their religious beliefs as it is on gay marriage. Asked whether “wedding related businesses” should be required to service same sex couples, voters said no, 52-45. Similarly, when there is a conflict (between gay rights and religious liberties), voters chose religious liberties by a 56-40 margin.
The poll also showed a large enthusiasm gap between on the question of whether gay rights were “important.” Only 27 percent labeled them “extremely” or “very” important while 47 percent labeled them “not very” or “not at all” important. The gap was similar for religious liberty, with 50 percent labeling them “very important” while only 28 percent labeled them slightly or not at all.
You can read a full summary of the poll’s findings at The Pulse 2016.