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A new poll finds 50 percent of voters in Virginia back same-sex marriage.

It has been five years since voters in Virginia approved a state ban on same-sex marriage, but a poll released today by Quinnipiac University demonstrates growing support for gay marriage, with 50 percent supporting and 43 percent opposing.

The poll also looked at the race for governor, and it finds Democrat Terry McAullife holding a slight four-point edge over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. The survey finds a big gender gap in support, with women supporting McAuliffe and men backing Cuccinelli.

But in terms of who voters would rather chat with at a barbecue—yes, that is the survey question—voters say the answer is Cucinnelli, giving the Republican the nod over McAullife 38 to 34 percent.

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