Historic Switch In Gay Marriage Opinion
For the first time in history, a majority of Americans favor gay marriage. A just-released ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 49% of Americans favor legalizing gay marriage. 46% are opposed. This just days after a CBS News/New York Times poll found 42% of Americans favor legalizing gay marriage.
Via ABC/Washington Post:
“Take gay marriage, legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut and now Iowa, with Vermont
coming aboard in September. At its low, in 2004, just 32 percent of Americans favored
gay marriage, with 62 percent opposed. Now 49 percent support it, vs. 46 percent
opposed – the first time in ABC/Post polls that supporters have outnumbered opponents.
More than half, moreover – 53 percent – say a gay marriage held legally in another state
should be recognized as legal in their own state.
The surprise is that the shift has occurred across ideological groups. While conservatives
are least apt to favor gay marriage, they’ve gone from 10 percent support in 2004 to 19
percent in 2006 and 30 percent now – overall a 20-point, threefold increase, alongside a
13-point gain among liberals and 14 points among moderates. (Politically, support for
gay marriage has risen sharply among Democrats and independents alike, while far more
slightly among Republicans.)”
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