A new ABC/Washington Post poll issued today shows elevated support for equality under the law compared to the need for religious freedom. The new numbers show almost 3/4′s of Americans believe equal rights for all is paramount over people using faith as a means to turn away customers or not do their job.
The numbers stand in contrast to a AP poll released in July shortly after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nation wide.
49 percent said that local officials should not be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples if they have religious objections, while 47 percent said they should be. In the same poll, 56 percent to 39 percent said it is more important for the government to protect religious liberties than gay rights.
However todays poll shows a jump in support for LGBTQ folks and their right to get marriage licenses without Jesus being used against them – 72% of respondents said a court clerk should be jailed for “ failing to comply with his order to issue these marriage licenses.”
Majorities prioritize legal equality over religious beliefs across many groups, including gender, age, race, education, income and region. Equality also prevails across party and ideological lines, save for “strong” conservatives and evangelical white Protestants, both of whom divide about evenly on the question. Further, majorities of evangelical white Protestants and strong conservatives (61 and 66 percent, respectively) say Davis should not be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
That view also is more prevalent – without reaching majorities – among Republicans, those with less education and lower-income Americans, compared with their counterparts. Support for the further step of jailing Davis peaks among liberals, those who are financially better off, college graduates, younger adults, Democrats and those who are not religiously affiliated.