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Firm Majority Support For Same Sex Marriage

Posted Sep 09, 2014 at 9:57 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a suyrvey by Marist college, "When it comes to support for legalizing same-sex marriage, 54% of Americans either strongly favor or favor doing so.  According to trend data from the Pew Research Center, support for gay marriage has been on an upswing, reaching a plurality of support among Americans in 2011 and majority support just last year in 2013. Attitudes about legalizing gay marriage fall along party lines with more than six in ten Democrats, 62%, favoring the action.  A similar proportion of Republicans, 63%, are against it.  Age also matters.  65% of Americans under 45 years of age support legalization of same-sex marriage compared with 44% of their older counterparts who share this view. More than one in ten Americans, 12%, has changed their opinion on legalizing same-sex marriage, favoring it now while opposing it previously."

  • When it comes to support for legalizing same-sex marriage, 54% of Americans either strongly favor or favor doing so.  According to trend data from the Pew Research Center, support for gay marriage has been on an upswing, reaching a plurality of support among Americans in 2011 and majority support just last year in 2013.
  • Attitudes about legalizing gay marriage fall along party lines with more than six in ten Democrats, 62%, favoring the action.  A similar proportion of Republicans, 63%, are against it.  Age also matters.  65% of Americans under 45 years of age support legalization of same-sex marriage compared with 44% of their older counterparts who share this view.
  • More than one in ten Americans, 12%, has changed their opinion on legalizing same-sex marriage, favoring it now while opposing it previously.  Only 1% now opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry when they once favored legalization.
  • - See more at: http://maristpoll.marist.edu/815-views-on-same-sex-marriage-supporters-look-to-feds-opponents-more-to-states/#sthash.URdlcf9n.dpuf
  • When it comes to support for legalizing same-sex marriage, 54% of Americans either strongly favor or favor doing so.  According to trend data from the Pew Research Center, support for gay marriage has been on an upswing, reaching a plurality of support among Americans in 2011 and majority support just last year in 2013.
  • Attitudes about legalizing gay marriage fall along party lines with more than six in ten Democrats, 62%, favoring the action.  A similar proportion of Republicans, 63%, are against it.  Age also matters.  65% of Americans under 45 years of age support legalization of same-sex marriage compared with 44% of their older counterparts who share this view.
  • More than one in ten Americans, 12%, has changed their opinion on legalizing same-sex marriage, favoring it now while opposing it previously.  Only 1% now opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry when they once favored legalization.
  • - See more at: http://maristpoll.marist.edu/815-views-on-same-sex-marriage-supporters-look-to-feds-opponents-more-to-states/#sthash.URdlcf9n.dpuf

    Substantial Majority Of Young Republicans Support Gay Marriage

    Posted Mar 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM by Maurice Berger

    According to a poll released by Pew Research, "today, 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."


    Record-High Majority Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage

    Posted Mar 06, 2014 at 7:45 AM by Maurice Berger

    According to a new Washington Post-ABC Newsa record-high 59% say they support same-sex marriage. 34% are opposed. Additionally, 50% of Americans say the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection gives gays the right to marry. 41% say it does not.


    Gay Marriage Has Majority Support In Virginia

    Posted Jul 18, 2013 at 8:14 AM by Maurice Berger

    A new poll by the Human Rights Campaign in Virginia reports that 55% of voters in the state now favor same-sex marriage; 41% are opposed to it. The HRC writes that the survey shows how sentiment about same-sex marriage has "shifted in its favor seven years after voters easily passed an amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as between one man and one woman."

    Clear Majority Now Back Gay Marriage

    Posted Apr 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM by Maurice Berger

    A new poll by the Wall Street Journal/NBC News confirms the rapidly growing trend towards acceptance of same sex marriage. The survey finds support for gay marriage "now stands at 53%, up from 49% last March and 30% in 2004. For the first time . . . the survey found a majority of independent voters saying gays should be allowed to enter into same-sex marriages, with Democrats continuing to support gay marriage in large numbers and Republicans opposing it."

    Support For Same-Sex Marriage At All-Time Highlighted

    Posted Mar 19, 2013 at 8:07 AM by Maurice Berger

    A new ABC News/Washington Post poll reports that support for gay marriage is now at an all-time high--58%--"marking a dramatic change in public attitudes on the subject across the past decade. . . . That number has grown sharply... from a low of 32 percent in a 2004 survey of registered voters."

    The GOP Lost On Issues, Too

    Posted Nov 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM by Maurice Berger

    While much has been made of shifting demographics in this election cycle--and it is clear from exit polling that an uptick in African-American, Hispanic, and young voters and a decrease in white participation from 2008 made a big difference in the outcome--it is easy to forget that on the issues, the GOP lost as well. As NBC News' Mark Murray, reports: "For years, the GOP has branded itself as the party that supports low taxes (especially for the wealthy) and opposes abortion and gay marriage. But according to the exit polls from last week's presidential election, a combined 60% said that tax rates should increase either for everyone or for those making more than $250,000. Just 35% said the tax rates shouldn't increase for anyone."

    Murray continues: "What's more, 59% said that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. And by a 49%-to-46% margin, voters said that their states should legally recognize same-sex marriage."

    Has Obama's Gay Marriage Stand Swung Voters in Maryland?

    Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:09 AM by Maurice Berger

    President Obama's recent support of same-sex marriage appears to have swung voters in Maryland, where a marriage referendum will appear on the ballot this fall: a new survey in the state by Public Policy Polling reports a significant increase in support for same-sex marriage among African American voters following President Obama's historic announcement two weeks ago. The referendum to keep the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage appears headed for victory,  with support now at 57% (compared to 37% against), a 12 point shift from a similar survey in early March.

    Enthusiasm Gap Problem for GOP?

    Posted Feb 09, 2012 at 1:30 AM by Maurice Berger

    A new poll by DailyKos/Public Policy Polling suggests a potential problem for the GOP in its quest to unseat President Obama: The poll finds that 58% of Democrats were "very excited" about voting in this year's election, as compared to 54% of Republicans. Six months ago, enthusiasm tilted towards Republicans, 54% to 48%.
    The Daily Kos observes: "Generally you would expect voters to get more excited as the election gets nearer. That trend is occurring on the Democratic side, but not for the GOP."

    New Jersey Voters Support Same Sex Marriage

    Posted Apr 27, 2009 at 1:21 AM by Maurice Berger

    Although the president and many members of congress have come out strongly against same sex marriage, the idea appears to be catching on in many states. Take New Jersey, for example, where a new poll finds that by a 49 - 43 percent margin, state "voters support a law that would allow same-sex couples to marry . . . And voters support 63 - 30 percent the existing law establishing civil unions for same-sex couples.  A proposed same-sex marriage law wins 64 - 29 percent support from Democrats and 50 - 41 percent from independent voters, but Republicans oppose it 67 - 26 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Men oppose it 48 - 44 percent while women back same-sex marriage 53 - 39 percent. Black voters oppose same-sex marriage 54 - 38 percent, while white voters support it 50 - 42 percent. Voters who attend religious services once a week oppose same-sex marriage 65 - 28 percent while voters who attend services less frequently support it 61 - 30 percent."