Poll: Youth Support for Marriage Equality, Abortion Rights Offer Republican Stumbling Block

By Sunnivie Brydum

Originally published on Advocate.com September 29 2013 6:30 AM ET

Further affirming the pro-equality trend over recent years, a new Bloomberg poll confirms that the numbers just don't add up for Republicans who are dead-set on opposing marriage equality and a woman's right to choose. 

Bloomberg's poll, which surveyed 1,000 American voters between September 20 and 23, found that 70% of Americans under 30 support the freedom to marry. That's consistent with several other recent polls finding overwhelming support among Milennials for same-sex marriage. Overall, 55% of Americans support marriage equality, while 52% of Republicans oppose it. 

A striking 40% of Republicans surveyed said state legislatures should keep pushing for laws that restrict access to safe and legal abortions around the country, while just 22% of the American public believes the same, according to Bloomberg's poll. 

"The math isn't working to Republicans' favor," said J. Ann Selzer, president of the firm that conducted the Bloomberg poll. 

A March report from the Republican National Committee acknowledged that the party needed to improve its image and become more "welcoming" and "inclusive" if it hopes to win future elections. 

Read more about Bloomberg's survey here.