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Poll Two thirds for Civil Unions


A new Washington Post ABC News poll shows that two thirds of Americans support same-sex civil unions, whereas 47% support same-sex marriages.

According to thePost, "Civil unions draw broader support. Two-thirds now say they favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to form civil unions that would give them many of the same legal rights as married couples. That's an increase of 12 percentage points since a December 2007 poll that asked about civil unions for 'homosexual couples.'"

What's more, majorities now support civil unions regardless of party affiliation.

"In the new poll, support for civil unions is at 50 percent or better across party and ideological lines," reports the Post. "Support for such arrangements is now 15 points higher than it was a few years ago among conservatives; it's up 13 points among Republicans."

The poll was conducted by telephone from February 4 to 10 among a random national sample of 1,004 adults. Find more results here.

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