Proposition 8 exit poll: Whites oppose, blacks support, Latinos divided
Californians went to the polls today on the divisive and deeply emotional issue of same-sex marriage, with early exit poll data showing the state's voters closely divided along lines of religion and political affiliation.
With the polls still open, it is too early to project the outcome, which would amend the California Constitution to ban gay marriage. But preliminary data showed that Democrats and independents were tending to vote against Proposition 8, while Republicans were in favor of the measure.
The proposition was trailing among white voters, but was ahead among black voters. Latino voters were closely divided.
People who said they attended religious services weekly were overwhelmingly voting for the measure, while those who said that they occasionally or never went to religious services were voting no.
Voters older than 65 voted mostly for the proposition, while those in the 18-29 range voted against it.
--Jessica Garrison and Cara Mia DiMassa