USA: Two New Polls Show Big Increase in Marriage Equality Support

Written by scott on March 18th, 2013

titleThere are two new marriage equality polls out today, and both show a jump in support for gay marriage across the US. In the first, CNN found that 53% now support it, with only 44% opposed. LGBT Weekly reports:

According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 53% of the public says that marriages between gay or lesbian couples should be legally recognized as valid, with 44% not supporting same-sex marriage. “There are big differences among younger and older Americans, with the youngest age group twice as likely than senior citizens to support same-sex marriage,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Women are also more likely to call for legal recognition of gay marriage than men. And only three in ten Americans who attend religious services every week support same-sex marriage while six in ten Americans who don’t attend church weekly feel that way.”

Another poll, this one from ABC and The Washington Post, found even higher levels of support, with a stunning 58% in favor and only 36% opposed. Think Progress reports:

A remarkable new national poll from ABC News and the Washington Post has found that 58 percent of Americans now support marriage equality for same-sex couples, while only 36 remain opposed. This a 45-point shift toward equality since 2004, when opponents significantly outnumbered supporters 66-32. Support continues to be highest among young people (81 percent of adults under 30), Democrats (72 percent), and non-evangelical Christians (70 percent of non-evangelical white Protestants and 59 percent of Catholics). Still, support has risen among all groups. Notably support among people of color (61 percent) was higher than among whites (57 percent), again disproving conservatives’ attempts to drive a racial wedge on the issue of same-sex marriage.

This comes as the US Supreme Court gets ready to consider overturning Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 next week.


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