Poll Reveals 'Sea Change' In Public Attitudes Towards Gays



According to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll, American attitudes towards gays are changing at a rapid pace with a solid majority supporting same-sex marriage, a majority saying they wouldn't mind if their child were gay, and an "overwhelming majority" say that the orientation of a Congressional candidate wouldn't matter.

Of the over 1,000 adults interviewed via telephone for the poll, those 18-29 were overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage, the number who actually know a gay person has surpassed 70%, and those who know someone gay are almost twice as likely to support same-sex marriage.

The dissenters are the predictable lot: older, conservative, and especially Tea Partiers. However, the biggest influencing factor for support is whether or not the person interviewed actually knows someone who is gay, underscoring how essential it is that we be out and proud.

Check out the poll's findings HERE.

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  1. Closeted Congressman Aaron Schock should read this one.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 15, 2014 3:46:15 PM

  2. Yeah for changing attitudes! It's so funny to remember the tea's beginnings when they loudly proclaimed they weren't taking on social issues. They've sure become a joke on so many levels. I live in a tea town and I can tell you first hand...they're crazy. I have one tea neighbor who has drilled into dozens of trees along the main road and stuck american flags in each 50 of them! OMG...get a life!

    Posted by: Paul B. | Aug 15, 2014 4:10:31 PM

  3. Being out has basically undercut the lies the Religious Wrong use against us. You don't hear Toniqua Perkins alluding to us being child molesters the way he used to because even the crappy MSM call him out on it (sometimes).

    Posted by: bkmn | Aug 15, 2014 4:26:33 PM

  4. As Harvey Milk said. People need to know they know a queer to lose their fear.

    Posted by: mark meinke | Aug 15, 2014 5:19:26 PM

  5. I don't trust this poll. The number seems right on x and y generations, but I highly doubt over half of baby boomers support this since it's hard to unlearn what you have been taught in majority of your time.

    Posted by: Ppp | Aug 15, 2014 5:55:10 PM

  6. PPP but baby boomers were the first to get into the zeitgeist of media, so I don't think so.

    Counter Culture happened around that time didn't it? These people are actually the first to be first progressive, if they NEED to be.

    Posted by: Rowan | Aug 15, 2014 6:19:05 PM

  7. @PPP The poll doesn't say that a majority of Boomers support marriage equality. It says 49% of respondents aged 45-59 support it. That age bracket includes some Gen-Xers and excludes older Boomers.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 15, 2014 6:23:30 PM

  8. I agree completely that it is people coming out to family, friends and coworkers that has done the most to change the hearts and minds of America.

    In the case of younger people, I think the fanatics on the far right in politics and religion actually bolster our cause by showing the younger folks what is wrong.

    Progress has become a steamroller of justice.

    Posted by: Steve Rider | Aug 15, 2014 6:25:52 PM

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