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New Gallup Poll Shows Marriage Equality Support at 60%

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Gallup Poll

Last year, we reported that nationwide approval for same-sex marriage had reached an all-time high according to Gallup, which then found that 55% of Americans support same-sex marriage. Those numbers have soared even higher in the 12 months since, now reaching 60% approval on the eve of the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. As Gallup reports, support for same-sex marriage is also at an all-time high among both major political parties:

Though same-sex marriage continues to be politically divisive, support for its legal status has reached new highs among Americans of all political stripes — with Democrats at 76% support, independents at 64% and Republicans at 37%. […]

The party divide between Democrats and Republicans may hinge largely on the age groups that compose each party. Gallup has found that younger Americans are significantly more likely to lean Democratic, while older Americans skew Republican. And while majorities of each age group under 65 support marriage equality in 2015, those aged 65 and older are still more likely to oppose it. This is a new phenomenon for the 50- to 64-year-old group. Last year, just 48% of these middle-aged Americans supported legally recognizing gay marriage. But in 2015, this figure has climbed to a majority of 54%.

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New Poll Says Only 28% Worldwide Think Their Country Is Gay Friendly

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

titleA new Gallup Poll found that the vast majority of people in the world think their country is not gay friendly.

Gay Star News reports:

A global survey of attitudes towards gays and lesbians has found a stark divide between attitudes in Europe and Africa – where even people in countries where homosexuality is not a crime think their communities are not welcoming of gays and lesbians. Only 28% of those surveyed around the world said they lived in a community that was welcoming of gays and lesbians. People in the Netherlands were the most likely to report their community was ‘a good place to live for gay or lesbian people,’ with 83% agreeing with that statement. Iceland was the next most gay friendly country, followed by Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The lowest scores? Only one percent of respondents in Senegal and Pakistan viewed their country as being gay friendly. I know which countries cross off my travel list for the year.

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Gay Adoption Poll: 63% of Americans Say Yes

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Gay Adoption

A new gay adoption poll shows that it has more support in the US than marriage equality.

Joe.My.God reports:

A clear majority of Americans (63%) say same-sex couples should have the legal right to adopt a child, the most to say so since Gallup began tracking opinions on the matter more than 20 years ago. This is higher than Americans’ support for same-sex marriage (55%). A majority of Americans across all major demographics now say same-sex couples should have the legal right to adopt a child. This includes among all key political persuasions: 80% support among Democrats, 61% support among independents, and 51% support among Republicans. This majority support for legally permitting same-sex couples to adopt a child is also the case among different age groups. Young people between the ages of 18 and 29 are most likely to support the idea, with 77% saying same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt children.

I’m kind of stunned by these numbers, in a good way – in France and Malta, gay adoption was the deal-breaker, while marriage and civil unions in and of themselves were kind of shrugged off.

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USA: Gallup Marriage Equality Poll Shows Support at All-Time High

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

titleContradicting a Politico poll that was the first to show less than 50% support for marriage equality in more than a year, Gallup shoes support is at an all-time high.

Towleroad.com reports:

Americans’ support for the law recognizing same-sex marriages as legally valid has increased yet again, now at 55%. Marriage equality advocates have had a string of legal successes over the past year, most recently this week in Pennsylvania and Oregon where federal judges struck down bans on gay marriage. And the demographic differences continue: Among the most dramatic divisions in opinion on the issue are between age groups. As has been the case in the past, support for marriage equality is higher among younger Americans; the older an American is, the less likely he or she is to support marriage for same-sex couples. Currently, adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are nearly twice as likely to support marriage equality as adults aged of 65 and older.

Let’s officially call the Politico poll an outlier.

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USA: New Gallup Poll Says 51% of Older Americans Approve of Same Sex Couples

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

titleAmericans over the age of 55 have been the most resistant to accepting the LGBT community. But Gallup reports that for the first time, a majority morally accept gay and lesbian relations. Think Progress reports:

That support has nearly doubled since 2001, when only 26 percent of older adults morally approved of homosexuality. Of course, the population of people over the age of 55 includes many more younger people than it did in 2001, which could help explain the growing support. In the same poll, young people (ages 18-34) showed support at 74 percent, while middle-aged adults (ages 35-54) were still down around 54 percent.

While we can assume that support for marriage equality in this population lags behind that 51% number, can majority support for gay marriage be far behind?

Gallup poll – older Americans and homosexuality

USA: New Gallup Poll on LGBT Issues Released

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

USA: New Gallup Poll on LGBT Issues ReleasedWhile 53% of Americans support legalizing same-sex marriage, significantly higher percentages support the idea of equal rights for partners or spouses of gays or lesbians when it comes to inheritance rights and employee benefits, and making it legal for gays and lesbians to adopt children. Support for all three issues is up at least slightly from three years ago.

Less than half of Americans, however, support the idea of openly gay adults serving as Boy Scout leaders. Given the lack of a trend on this question, it is not clear whether support is higher than in the past, or the degree to which the lack of support may reflect respondents’ reluctance to say how a private organization should decide who holds its positions of leadership.

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Gallup Poll: Support for “Legal Gay Relations” in US Reaches 64%

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Gallup Marriage Equality PollIn 1978, Gallup started polling the American public on whether homosexual relations between consenting adults should or should not be legal. At that time 43% said they should be legal.

The organization reports today that the percentage has risen to 64%, the highest ever.

They add: “Americans’ support for legal gay relations has been as low as 32%, in 1986, but increased to 47% by 1989 and went above the majority level in 2001 for the first time.”

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Gallup Survey Shows 70% Under 34 Support Marriage Equality in US

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Gallup Marriage Equality PollA large majority of young people support gay marriage. According to a survey released by pollster Gallup on Friday, 70 percent of adults under the age of 34 support giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

The poll also found that a narrow majority (53%) of Americans support marriage equality, a first for the 15-year-old annual survey. Forty-five percent disagree, while two percent don’t know.

Support dropped to 39% among adults 55 and older.

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US: New Gallup Poll Shows Stunning Shift on Marriage Equality: 53% Now Support It

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Gallup Marriage Equality PollA new poll from Gallup released today shows a majority in America support marriage equality, but it’s a sharp shift since the last time they took the poll, the L.A. Times reports:

A new Gallup Poll released this morning finds that this month 53% of Americans say same-sex marriage should be recognized in law as equally valid with traditional male-female marriages.

The spurt in support of 9% in the past 12 months was the largest registered since Gallup first tracked the topic in 1996. Back then, only 27% supported same-sex marriage and two-thirds opposed.

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US: Opposition to Gay Marriage Dips in Latest Poll

Monday, May 24th, 2010

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Opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage continue to outnumber supporters in the United States, by 53% to 44%. However, opposition is now tied for the lowest Gallup has measured. Support was slightly higher, at 46%, in 2007.

These results are based on Gallup’s Values and Beliefs Poll, which has tracked attitudes toward legal same-sex marriage annually since 2004. When Gallup first asked about the legality of gay marriage in a 1996 poll, 68% of Americans were opposed and 27% in favor.

Since that time, support has increased among the major political and ideological subgroups, though more among those on the left of the political spectrum than among those on the right. Currently, a majority of Democrats favor legal gay marriage, as do a majority of moderates and liberals, with liberals the most supportive of these groups, at 70%.

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