Gallup Poll: Majority for Marriage Equality

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com May 20 2011 8:20 AM ET

A new Gallup Poll is the latest national survey in the past few months to show that a majority of Americans support marriage equality, although it indicates that only minorities of Republicans and older Americans support the issue.

Politico
reports on the Gallup Poll, the third national poll in the last two months to indicate that more Americans than not support marriage equality.

“In the poll, conducted earlier this month, Gallup found 53 percent of Americans saying that marriages between same-sex couples should be considered valid and come with the same rights as heterosexual marriages, while 45 percent said same-sex marriages should not,” reports Politico.

Just last year in a Gallup poll, the numbers of support and opposition were nearly reversed, at 44% in favor and 53% opposed.

The poll follows recent surveys from CNN and the Washington Post/ABC News that found a majority of Americans for marriage equality.

According to Gallup, “The issue does, however, remain highly divisive. While big majorities of Democrats and young people support the idea of legalizing same-sex marriage, fewer than 4 in 10 Republicans and older Americans agree. Republicans in particular seem fixed in their opinions; there was no change at all in their support level this year, while independents' and Democrats' support jumped by double-digit margins.”

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