Americans’ Support for Same-Sex Marriage is at an All-Time High

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic change in support for same-sex marriage in the United States. Consider this: in 2006, Gallup conducted a national poll, which found that just 37% of Americans were in favor, while 59% were opposed. By contrast, this year’s poll documented a major reversal: two-thirds (67%) are now in favor, with 31% opposed. This all-time high comes just three years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. 

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Attitudes toward same-sex marriage differ based on political orientation, however. Whereas the vast majority of both Democrats (83%) and Independents (71%) are supportive, just under half of Republicans (44%) are. However, it's worth noting that support among Republicans has more than doubled in the last decade, as you can see in the graph below. 

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Also, it’s worth mentioning that, among Republicans, views differ a lot based on age. For example, in a Pew Research Center poll conducted last year, younger Republicans were at majority support, with 60% of millennials and 51% of Generation X’ers in favor. By contrast 42% of Boomer Republicans were in favor, whereas among those who were older, the number dropped to 29%.

With all of that said, what we’re seeing here is a massive increase in support for same-sex marriage across the political spectrum. And while this trend is one that has long been underway, the data would seem to suggest that legalization has played a pivotal role in boosting support to its highest level on record.

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