61 Percent Of Young Republicans Support Same-Sex Marriage

Following last week's news that more Americans support same-sex marriage than ever before comes a new poll this week from the Pew Research Center which reports that the majority of young Republicans feel the same way.

Some data from the survey:

FT_14.03.10_GayMarriageRepublican1Today, 61% of Republicans and Republican leaners under 30 favor same-sex marriage while just 35% oppose it. By contrast, just 27% of Republicans ages 50 and older favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

This generation gap among Republicans comes against a backdrop of rapidly changing public opinion overall on the issue. More than half the public (54%) now favors allowing gays and lesbians to legally marry, a record high in Pew Research surveys, in keeping with findings from other recent polls. Democrats and Republicans remain on opposite sides of the issue, with 69% of Democrats and Democratic leaning independents favoring same-sex marriage compared with 39% Republicans and Republican leaners. 

It isn't just marriage that younger members of the GOP feel differently about compared to their older counterparts:

Just 18% of Republicans under 30 say “more gay and lesbian couples raising children” is a bad thing for American society, while 26% say it is a good thing (56% either say it doesn’t make a difference or they don’t know). By comparison, majorities or pluralities of older Republicans say this trend is a bad thing for society.

Read all of the statistics from the Pew poll, conducted last month, here.


  1. Hank says

    One problem is too many of these young Republicans may respond anonymously in a survey that they support same sex marriage, but too many are reluctant to say so publicly, particularly if they are considering a run for office. I asked one such person if she would consider joining a “Republicans for marriage equality” group on facebook, and she told me she couldn’t because it would make her persona non grate with local party leaders. There’s a big difference between sympathy and action.

  2. MiddleoftheRoader says

    Although “politics” supposedly doesn’t affect Supreme Court decisions, when it comes time (next year?) for the Supreme Court to decide if there is a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage, it is this statistic — 61% of under-30 Republicans — that may carry a lot of weight with Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts.

    Kennedy is already a trailblazer on our issues, but this statistic will give him comfort that he will be viewed by the next generation as one of the greatest proponents of equal rights for gay people. And Roberts will be thinking about his two teenage children, and what his legacy will be with them (as well as with the public at large).

    So these statistics are important.

  3. anon says

    This is largely the difference between the social warriors that dominate Republican politics and the MBA/Business Leader types that dominate Republican mainstream activity. Not many CEO’s these days are doing the whole culture war thing, and companies have been providing same-sex benefits for years, so the leadership is completely out of touch with a key constituency.

  4. Jerry says

    Never forget that the Republican Party was only ever anti-gay to get the support of religious trash and biggoted oldsters. They know that neither is a viable group anymore. They still like having them on their side, but they know that they will have to make some changes soon…

  5. MichaelJ says

    Ditto what Little Kiwi wrote. And the trouble with these supposedly open-minded Republican youth is that they vote for Republican homophobes and others who seek to return America to the 19th century.

  6. ayirk says

    This poll could be 100% and I still wouldn’t trust them.

    It’s odd, you support same-sex marriage, but then you vote for people that don’t support same-sex marriage?

  7. says

    Ever asked a Republican, who “supports” The gays, what their specific objections to the Democrat platforms are? And what specific policies of the GOP they prefer?

    I only ever get meaningless buzz-terms and sound-bites that have no basis in reality, nor actual policy.

    “Liberals” take issue with the GOP due to their policies and promotions of prejudice to gain support for said policies. Conservatives don’t like the Democrats…”because they’re democrats”

  8. Bill says

    @ayirk : they support it in the sense that they would vote for it or at least won’t oppose it, but this is not the only issue they care about.

    Regardless, “money talks” and the older Republicans probably have a lot more cash. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Republicans to change.

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