The new poll shows that 58% of voters support gay marriage. This figure is comparable to a record high support of 60%, found in a Gallup poll from May 2015. According to Gallup, this is not a statistically-significant difference.
The poll breaks down predictably according to age group, and political party — more lefties support gay marriage, and the same is true with young people. 74% of Democrats support gay marriage and 62% of Independents support it, but only 30% of Republicans are in favor. In most age groups, a majority support gay marriage, with 76% percent of people aged 18-29, 62% of those in the 30-49 bracket, and 52% of ages 50-64. Of those age 65 and up, only 44% are in support.
Interestingly, Gallup’s report contains an advisory that, despite numbers holding steady for now, approval percentages are most likely not done shifting. In its report, Gallup indicates a poll from soon after the 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage. In this poll (1968) only one in five Americans approved of interracial marriages; it took 30 years for there to be a majority support.
Gallup notes that this example is different because the court “led public opinion by legalizing something that Americans largely disapproved of at the time” — an interesting fact when considering dissents from Obergefell.
Head to Gallup for poll methodology and additional info.
[image via Gallup]
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