Although virtually all same-sex couples, and all people who care about equal rights, are delighted with both the California Supreme Court's decision and the results of this recent poll, it's still a mistake to put any civil rights issue before the public and, hence, be at the mercy of the will or even tyranny of the majority. Clearly, when it comes to such issues as taxation, ballot initiatives are certainly acceptable, if not desirable. However, when it comes to any civil rights issue, particularly one as contentious as is this one, the judiciary must be allowed to have the last word.
Moreover, regarding same-sex marriage being subject to a vote of the majority: 1. Civil rights are not to be subject to majority vote, as if we had that we'd still have such obscenities as slavery, segregation and Jim Crow laws in this country; 2. We're not a Democracy but a Republic and we elect people to our various legislatures to represent us, and the California Legislature twice voted to allow same-sex marriage in California that was subsequently overturned by the Governor both times as he wanted to defer to the Supreme Court, and he now supports same-sex marriage because of the Court's decision.
We have a Republic to prevent a tyranny of the majority, as the Founding Fathers well knew that in order to have the "rule of law" we couldn't count on the majority vote to enable or fulfill that goal. That's why we have the Balance of Powers, and both the California Legislature and now the Supreme Court in California both say that "separate is not equal," and that same-sex marriage rights must be implemented.
So, even with the tentatively encouraging results of this Field Poll, the results of which are subject to great change over time, none of us should be content to have this civil rights issue come before the electorate!