The national totals were 52 percent support same-sex marriage equality and 42 percent in opposition.

Some 44 percent of Southerners said they “felt strongly” about their opposition to same-sex marriage rights. Eight percent opposed such marriages, but were “not strongly” opposed.

The poll also asked respondents if they had a friend or family member that was gay or lesbian. About 60 percent of Southerners answered yes, falling right in line with the national average.

Perhaps the most shocking number came from the question “do you think someone who is homosexual can change their sexual orientation if they choose to do so, or don’t you think so?” Among Southerners, 46 percent believed that someone could change their sexual orientation if they so chose.

The poll had a margin of error of three percent. To read the full report, click here.

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