Gallup: Nationwide Support for Gay Marriage at All-Time High


According to a new poll from Gallup, support for gay marriage is at an all-time high:

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.

Opinions also differ dramatically along party lines. Democrats (74%) are far more likely to support gay marriage as Republicans are (30%), while independents (58%) are more in line with the national average. Though Republicans still lag behind in their support of same-sex marriage, they have nearly doubled their support for it since Gallup began polling on the question in 1996.

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  1. Pop says

    Great news.

    I’ve been with my man for over a year now and we’re already talking about getting married. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have that option considering how much we love each other and that are finances are tied together. Plus, the idea of having a wedding ceremony with family and friends is so fulfilling. I know marriage isn’t for everyone, but for a lot of gay people like me – it is.

  2. TampaZeke says

    The number one reason why Republicans oppose marriage equality has nothing to do with religion or reason. The number one reason why Republicans overwhelmingly oppose marriage equality is because it’s seen as the Republican position on marriage equality. It’s even seen as the defining positions that makes one Republican. And if there is anything that drives Republicans more than anything else (including Jeezus) it’s faithfulness to the party line.

  3. pete n sfo says

    I really hate that they keep asking this question… it validates that idea that personal opinions should direct law.

    Ask their feelings about discrimination, then ask about equality under law, THEN ask about Marriage Equality. It’s like the “when did you decide to be straight?” epiphany. No one wants to see themselves as prejudiced, but that’s all it is.

  4. Peter says

    Cuing the wingnuts who claim the poll is somehow skewed in favor of “those perverts” in 3…2…1…

  5. Retro says

    Well, I suppose this is good news, but why does the poll use the expression “traditional marriages.” Due to how the opposition uses that phrase, it’s become too political for use in a poll. – jmho