Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 26, 2017

Exactly two years after the Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples could marry in all 50 states, almost two-thirds of Americans say they support same-sex marriage, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. For the first time ever, a majority of Republicans do not oppose same-sex marriage. In 2013, almost two-thirds of the group (which includes Republican-leaning independents) opposed same sex-marriage.

According to Pew, 56% of baby boomers now favor marriage equality, up from a almost even divide on the issue in 2015, when 45% said they were in favor. Most had rejected the idea of allowing same-sex couples to marry by a margin of 48% opposed to 42% in favor. But in the last two years since the U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages nationwide, support has even grown among sections of the U.S. population who previously opposed it in large numbers.

In recent years, a number of groups that have traditionally been against same-sex marriage have shifted their perspectives.

The poll was taken by telephone with 2,504 US adults nationwide and has a margin of error of 2.3 percentage points.

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