NEW POLL – Majority of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage
According to a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll 2 weeks after the Prop. 8 and DOMA cases Supreme Court cases, Americans are 53% in favor of supporting same-sex marriage while 42% of Americans still oppose same-sex marriage.
According to NBCnews.com, 53% of respondents who favor same-sex marriage is a 2 point increase from when the poll was last conducted in December, although the 2 points is within the poll’s margin of error. The 42% who are opposed is also a 2 point increase from last December.
When broken down by party, the follow results were shown –
- 73% of Democrats and 54% of Independents support same-sex marriage
- 66% of Republicans oppose same-sex marriage
79% of respondents say that they know or work with someone who is gay or lesbian. However, only 15 percent say that knowing or working with someone gay makes them more likely to back same-sex marriage; 4 percent say it makes them less likely to support it, and more than half say it doesn’t make a difference.
The poll also finds that 63 percent of respondents believe the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages in states where they are legal, and 56 percent think that the question of allowing gay marriage should be left to a federal standard rather than to the states.