Friday, May 20, 2011

Brody's Notes... New Gallop Poll: Majority Of Americans OK With Marriage Equality

By Mark Singer | Washington DC -- In published results released this morning, the Gallup Poll organisation is reporting that a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized as legally valid, with the same rights as heteronormal marriages. The polling firm's  findings reveal; "the increase since last year came exclusively among political independents and Democrats, noting that Republicans' views did not change." Gallup has been tracking American's attitudes toward legalizing same-sex marriage each year since 2004.
The Poll's results showed that while support for legalizing same-sex marriage increased markedly with younger, 18- to 34-year-old Americans, and among men under 50, support for legal gay marriage decreases markedly with age, ranging from 70% support among those aged 18 to 34, to 39% support among those 55 and older. 
These results are based on Gallup's May 5-8 Values and Beliefs poll, which has tracked attitudes toward legalizing same-sex marriage each year since 2004, adding to Gallup's initial polling on the topic in 1996 and 1999.
Gallup Notes:
This year's nine-point increase in support for same-sex marriage is the largest year-to-year shift yet measured over this time period. Two-thirds of Americans were opposed to legalized same-sex marriage in 1996, with 27% in favor. By 2004, support had risen to 42% and, despite some fluctuations from year to year, stayed at roughly that level through last year.
This year marks a significant uptick in support for legalizing same-sex marriage, exceeding the symbolic 50% mark for the first time in Gallup's history. Support rose from 27% in 1996 to the low 40% range in 2004 and remained fairly constant through last year