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New Polls Show Continued Strong Support For Marriage Equality

By Zack Ford on December 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

"New Polls Show Continued Strong Support For Marriage Equality"

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A series of new polls shows continued strong support for marriage equality nationwide. A Quinnipiac University poll shows equality fairly conservatively leading with 48 support and 46 percent opposition, with the opposition being led mostly by men (50 – 43 percent opposed) and White Protestants (62 – 32 percent opposed). Notably, Catholics are supportive at rates above average, with 49 percent endorsing equality. Young people continue to support equality by very high rates (63 – 35 percent in favor).

Meanwhile, a new USA Today/Gallup poll shows that 53 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage while 46 percent oppose. Similarly, those who were most likely to favor the freedom to marry were people who were young, Democrats and/or who did not attend church often.  The poll also invited respondents to explain why they oppose marriage equality, and the answers largely revolved around religious beliefs or the Bible specifically:

USA Today also conducted a separate poll of adults who identify as LGBT. Nine of 10 gay men and lesbians say anti-gay discrimination remains a problem, which two-thirds of all Americans agree with. Still 91 percent of gays acknowledge that acceptance has increased in recent years.

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