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BREAKING NEWS: Poll: Majority Of Americans Favor Gay Marriage

by David Badash on April 30, 2009

in Marriage,News,Polling,Successes

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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leewaters April 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Oh, that's a plurality, but we're *so* close! w00t!

Take that, Maggie!

leewaters April 30, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Oh, that's a plurality, but we're so close! w00t!

Take that, Maggie!

David Badash May 1, 2009 at 4:47 am

Well, yeah, I meant "plurality"! ;-)

krwlos1 April 30, 2009 at 10:23 pm

do they say why this might be? i hope all of our post prop 8 protesting really did have an impact.

David Badash May 1, 2009 at 4:46 am

It has! I wrote this on Nov. 28:

Attitudes are contagious. Attitudes are changing. Fast! Thanks to all the hard work we are all doing!

Adriana Kraft May 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

We're changing which way the wind blows – proud to be an Iowan.

k_michael May 1, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I think one thing that helps is, as states do regognize equal marriage (contract) rights, people are seeing that neither the world, nor traditional marrige, is exploding, imploding, being sucked into a quantum singularity, falling into the Sun, or experiencing any of the other doomsday prophesies being squealed and screeched with increasing hysteria by the minority who wish to replace the Constitutional rule-of-law with their own version of theocratic "Christian sharia".

Chris May 2, 2009 at 7:34 pm

49 + 46 is 95….

who are the other 5%?

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