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SURVEY: Here’s What Americans Think About 'Family' Post-Marriage Equality

SURVEY: Here’s What Americans Think About 'Family' Post-Marriage Equality


We may live in a post-marriage equality nation, but Americans are still divided on the issue.

It's been nearly five months since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of nationwide marriage equality for same-sex couples, but according to a recent survey, there is still a big divide in the way Americans view the institution of marriage and how they define family.

The newly released "American Family Survey," from the Center for the Study of Election and Democracy in collaboration with Utah's Deseret News, found that Americans are still very much split on whether or not they believe that June's Supreme Court ruling will "strengthen the institution" of marriage, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Self-identified liberals overwhelmingly said that they thought marriage was strengthened by the Supreme Court's landmark decision, while self-identified conservatives overwhelmingly said the opposite.

"Liberal respondents are far more likely to believe that the Supreme Court's decision will bolster marriage, while conservative respondents express far more concern about the effects of the Court's decision," reads a summary of the survey's findings.

Another question the American Family Survey asked its 3,000 participants was whether or not they agreed that "children need both a male and female role model in the home." Results were again split along ideological lines.

"The most liberal respondents do not support the notion that children need both a male and female influence in the home. Barely more than one-quarter of very liberal Americans said they agreed at least 'somewhat,'" the survey notes. "At the opposite end of the spectrum, nearly every 'very conservative' respondent (94 percent) did so. We also see differences in responses to this question across generations, with 62 percent of respondents between 18 and 29 agreeing, compared to 80 percent of respondents over 65 years old."

It's not clear from either the WSJ or Deseret News reports whether or not any LGBT people were surveyed, but 52 percent of the people who were surveyed said that "society is better off when more people are married," and 62 percent still believe "marriage is needed to create strong families."

Read the survey's findings in their entirety here.

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