Two years after the Supreme Court decision that required states to recognize same-sex marriages nationwide, support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally is at its highest point in over 20 years of Pew Research Center polling on the issue. Views on same-sex marriage have shifted dramatically in recent years. The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted June among 2, adults finds striking increases in support for same-sex marriage among some demographic and partisan groups that, until recently, had broadly opposed it, including:. Baby Boomers. For the first time, a majority of Baby Boomers favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. African Americans.
Majority of Public Favors Same-Sex Marriage, but Divisions Persist | Pew Research Center
Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States has shifted rapidly since the s, with support constantly rising while opposition has consistently fallen. Public opinion of same-sex marriage in the United States has changed radically since polling of the American people regarding the issue were first conducted in Continual polling by Gallup over the course of more than two decades has shown that support for same-sex marriage has grown rapidly, while opposition has simultaneously collapsed. While this is a drop when compared to , same sex marriage approval still remains stable. This marked the first Pew poll where a majority of Baby Boomers supported same-sex marriage, and where a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents did not oppose same-sex marriage. This marked the first Gallup poll where a majority of Protestants supported same-sex marriage. This marked the first Gallup poll where a majority of Americans aged 65 and older supported same-sex marriage.
Welcome to Pollapalooza , our weekly polling roundup. A majority of conservative Republicans 58 percent , Republicans overall 51 percent , Mormons 53 percent , white evangelical Protestants 58 percent and adults in Alabama 51 percent oppose same-sex marriage, according to a survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute. The PRRI survey, which relied on more than 40, interviews nationwide conducted in , made a lot of headlines for finding substantial gains in the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage over the past few years. Overall, 61 percent of Americans say gay and lesbian couples should be legally allowed to marry, compared with 52 percent in a survey conducted by PRRI and the Brookings Institution. A majority of black people 52 percent , Hispanics 61 percent and white people 63 percent back same-sex marriage.
These data are from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May The latest figure marks the continuation of a trend that finds support for same-sex marriage remains more than twice as high as it was when Gallup first polled on the question in At that time, just over a quarter of Americans said it should be legal.