Strong Opposition to Marriage Rights Sinking Fast

A new nationwide poll by the Pew Research Center seems to be a positive sign for our chances to win this November:

Gay marriage remains a divisive issue, with 51 percent opposing it, the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found. But almost two-thirds, 63 percent, opposed gay marriage in February 2004.

"Most Americans still oppose gay marriage, but the levels of opposition are down and the number of strong opponents are down," said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center. "This has some implications for the midterm elections if this trend is maintained. There are gay marriage ballot initiatives in numerous states."

Most striking, the number of people who say they strongly oppose marriage for gay couples has dropped a full 14 points since 2004, from 42 to 28 percent.

According to a breakdown of the results, strong opposition has especially decreased among seniors, Catholics, non-evangelical Protestants, and Republicans.

Two years ago 59% of Republicans strongly opposed gay marriage, while just 41% take this position today. And both white Catholics and non-evangelical Protestants are half as likely to strongly oppose gay marriage today as they were in 2004. Opposition remains strongest among white evangelical Protestants, 56% of whom strongly oppose legalizing gay marriage, down from 65% two years ago.

Thirty-nine percent of those polled favor allowing gay couples to marry, a ten percent increase since 2004. The poll didn't ask about civil unions.

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At 10:28 AM, Blogger lesliesh said...

Too bad they didn't poll on civil unions, etc. But their numbers do strongly suggest that in about five years or so, a lot of states may be going through amendment repeal procedures. What a waste of everyone's time, energy and resources!

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Paul said...

This is great news! I wonder how the numbers break down in Wisconsin specifically. I hope we can make Wisconsin the first state to reject this anti-gay amendment at the polls.


At 5:12 PM, Blogger Tom in Rhinelander said...

I hope the politicians are reading these polls. Maybe we'll get some turnover and see more support for equality.



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