New poll reveals over 50% of all Americans in favor of legalizing gay marriage
"this is the first update of this Gallup trend since the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the provision of Defense of Marriage Act that denied married, same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits."
In a Gallup Poll released Monday, 52% of Americans said they would vote in favor of legalizing gay marriage if they had the opportunity, with 43% voting against it.
According to lgbtqnation.com, “this is the first update of this Gallup trend since the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the provision of Defense of Marriage Act that denied married, same-sex couples from receiving federal benefits.”
Within the largest demographic, political, and religious groups, the highest supporters were liberals at 77% and those with no religious affiliation at 76%. Republicans and Conservatives were tied with a low support of 30%, and weekly churchgoers had the least support of 23%. Among other groups, people aged 18 to 34, Democrats, moderates, Easterners, Catholics and those who rarely or never attend church held around 60% support for same-sex marriage. “Others showing less than 50% support include Protestants, adults 55 and older, Southerners, and men,” stated the poll.
Gallup questioned a separate half-sample of Americans “whether they think marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages.” According to the poll, 54% of participants said the marriages should be validated, which is not largely changed from 53% support reported in May of 2013, and November 2012.
After the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8 earlier in July, Gallup reports “these much-anticipated, and widely covered decisions did not cause any realignment of public opinion, at least in the short term.”
Maya Earls and is a second-year journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Los Angeles, and moved to Richmond in 2000. Her first journalism experience was managing social media for the Rock4Life benefit concert.She enjoys exploring Richmond on her bike and finding good views of the river. Her favorite past-time is watching people dance in their cars from her apartment window.