The American electorate in three early-primary states is more receptive to candidates who support gay marriage and immigration reform, and agree that climate change requires action, according to new NBC/Marist polls released this weekend.
Those issues divide both conservatives whose votes Republicans will attempt to garner in a primary and the younger, more diverse pool of voters they will hope to attract in a general election. Younger Latinos in particular place specific emphasis on climate change as a key issue, and more young people support gay marriage and immigration reform.
Majorities in each of those three states — Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina — said it would be acceptable to vote for a candidate who supports gay marriage, who “believes climate change is man-made and action should be taken to combat it,” and who supports immigration reform, including a path to citizenship.
In all three states, voters most…
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