John M. Becker

New Poll Shows Record Support for Marriage Equality

Filed By John M. Becker | March 10, 2015 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, marriage equality, polls, same-sex marriage, survey

wedding_rings.jpgNearly six in ten Americans say they believe same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. NBC reports that the new number is the highest in the poll's history:

In the new survey released Monday, 59 percent of Americans said that they favor same-sex marriages while just 33 percent said they oppose them.

The numbers have shifted dramatically in the past decade. In 2004, only 30 percent of Americans said they supported same-sex marriage, while 62 percent disagreed. Half of those polled at the time said they strongly opposed allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

Democratic pollster Fred Yang noted how quickly public opinion has shifted on the issue, even compared to interracial marriage, which is now almost universally accepted. "It took about 25 years for interracial marriage to get from 30 percent support to 60 percent," he said. "It took same-sex marriage ten years."

The share of the public backing same-sex marriage has even jumped from just two years ago, when 53 percent of Americans backed it and 42 percent did not. That's due in part to big increases in support among Republicans (up 13 percent since 2013), seniors (up seven percent), and Hispanics (up 18 percent).

NBC adds that 77% of Americans say they personally know or work with someone who is gay or lesbian, up from 62% in 2004. Among that group, support for marriage equality is at 65%.

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