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Majority of Americans Support Marriage Equality Says Poll

Majority of Americans Support Marriage Equality Says Poll

Results from a Washington Post/ABC News survey released Friday show that 53% of Americans questioned now support same-sex marriage while 45% are opposed, demonstrating a continued upward trend in support.

The poll was conducted by telephone between March 10 and March 13, using a random national sample of 1,005 adults. Results from the full poll have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%.

From The Washington Post:

Five years ago, at 36 percent, support for gay marriage barely topped a third of all Americans. Now, 53 percent say gay marriage should be legal, marking the first time in Post-ABC polling that a majority has said so.

“This is very consistent with a lot of other polling data we’ve seen and the general momentum we’ve seen over the past year and a half,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, a leading pro-gay-marriage group. “As people have come to understand this is about loving, committed families dealing, like everyone, with tough times, they understand how unfair it is to treat them differently.”

However, Brian Brown, the leader of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, was quick to label the survey “biased” and flawed.

Again from The Washington Post:

Opponents of same-sex marriage took issue with the poll, which asks respondents: “Do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married?” Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, argued that the term “illegal” could be inferred to mean that violators could be imprisoned, which most Americans would consider harsh.

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“The only poll that counts is a free and fair vote on the part of the people,” he said. “We’ve seen these biased polls time and time again — right before votes in which same-sex marriage is rejected. It’s absurd. The people of this country have not changed their opinion about marriage.”

The Post/ABC poll has used the same terminology in every survey concerning same-sex marriage since 2003. These results also fall in-step with other recent surveys. Polls by the Associated Press(.pdf), CNN(.pdf) and the Pew Research Centre have all found marriage equality has passed the threshold of majority support.

An overview of respondents’ answers to the Post/ABC poll would suggest that the issue of same-sex marriage is not as polarizing as it once was. It also demonstrates a marked increase in men backing marriage equality. This is to the extent that men now display an equal level of support for same-sex marriage as women who have traditionally always been ahead on this issue.

The poll also identified gains in support among college-educated youth and those that consider themselves political independents or non-religious.

Older white Republicans identifying as religious remain the most opposed, suggests the data. For further analysis, please click here.

In an interesting aside, a poll released by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) this week showed that a majority of those questioned believe GOP House leaders should be focusing on the issue of jobs instead of defending the federal gay marriage ban, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in court.

GOP House leaders moved to defend the law after the Obama administration announced that, after review, it could no longer defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of DOMA.

The HRC poll also showed that a slim majority thought DOMA should be dispensed with completely. Read more on that here.

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7:59PM PST on Dec 20, 2013

often said...If you believe in God, yet think prejudicially towards someone you must think God makes mistakes....

7:58PM PST on Dec 20, 2013

noted, thanks.

11:16AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

If two people love and care for each other enough to fight extreme social bias to express their love for each other, you should give them the credit of overcoming the obstacles that a good number of couples take for granted. At least heterosexual couples can legally get married and divorced at will; homosexual couples don't even get a choice. Realise the incredible amount of strength that they obviously have. Each person should go there own way and mind their own business. Keep in mind that people in glass houses should not throw stones.

2:46PM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

Awesome Awesome Awesome. I can only HOPE that more changes continue. one more step towards equality. and again; why does what i do with the person I am in love with have anything to do with you? Am I interested in marrying you? no! so why are you so interested in my private life? unless i am forcing you to enter into a marriage with me it should be of no concern to you that when the time comes to marry, the person i marry will be of the same gender. YAY FOR EQUALITY!!!

9:23PM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

Mike S said: "It is not unconstitutional to deny homosexuals the right to marry, because marriage is a religious ritual that supports heterosexual relationships."

Total BS...marriage is not a "religious" institution...that's the bible thumpers version. It's a union between two individuals who love each other...meaning two "human" beings. Gays & lesbians don't want special rights...just EQUAL!

Mike S also said: " I'm sure everyone has seen what happens when homosexuals hide behind god's word, they gain power that allows them to abuse children. it would be a disservice to the individual, and our values if we allowed gay marriages."

Another bunch of total BS spewed out from you. Most child molestations are done by "HETROSEXUALS" not homosexuals. Young women have been attacked too. If the stupid catholic poops abolished having priests to be celebate...which totally goes against human nature, than they would be able to marry a woman or a man, so therefore it would greatly lessen the chance of any such molestation. Does the fact they still did it to these young children make it right? Of course not. The jerks who did that should be thrown in jail for life! But to "ass-u-me" that all gay & lesbian "INDIVIDUALS" are responsible for sexual attacks on children or adults is proposterous! There are many fine LGBT individuals on this planet who would be appalled at such actions, and they lead wonderful, meaningful, loving & caring lives, some for many years!!

8:50PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

When will we ever get past the homophobia?

8:33PM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Go to YouTube and watch "The Ally Effect". This young coach is amazing and will help make the world a better place for all gays.

7:03PM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

Mike W. You waste space with your blather.

5:51PM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

Those that will suffer the most if we legalize gay marriage are insurance companies. They are the ones who are fighting it the most.

5:50PM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

God doesn't discriminate or judge. People do.

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