Thursday, April 30, 2009

ABC Poll: Marriage Equality Supporters Outnumber Opponents

Support for marriage equality has hit a historical high of 49% and for the first time ever outnumbers marriage equality opponents who sit at 46% according to a new ABC Washington Post poll. This is even better than the CBS poll released earlier this week which found support to be at 42%.

Reads ABC News:
". . . gay marriage, legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut and now Iowa, with Vermont coming aboard in September. At its low, in 2004, just 32 percent of Americans favored gay marriage, with 62 percent opposed. Now 49 percent support it versus 46 percent opposed -- the first time in ABC/Post polls that supporters have outnumbered opponents.

"More than half, moreover -- 53 percent -- say gay marriages held legally in another state should be recognized as legal in their states.

"The surprise is that the shift has occurred across ideological groups. While conservatives are least apt to favor gay marriage, they've gone from 10 percent support in 2004 to 19 percent in 2006 and 30 percent now -- overall a 20-point, threefold increase, alongside a 13-point gain among liberals and 14 points among moderates. (Politically, support for gay marriage has risen sharply among Democrats and independents alike, while far more slightly among Republicans.). . .

"Of all these issues [shown in the poll], the divisions -- and changes -- on gay marriage are especially striking. In addition to more support, there's been a shift in intensity of views: Compared with three years ago, the number of Americans "strongly" opposed has declined from 51 percent to 39 percent, while the number strongly in favor of gay marriage has advanced from 24 percent to 31 percent."
See the full poll below.
ABC Washington Post Polls: A Hot Button Issues

More advances for marriage equality have happened both in New Hampshire and Maine this week alone!

The tide is turning.

1 comment:

  1. Yay. I hope the delay in the California Decision is due to the Justices going back with sharper pencils to erase their likely earlier thoughts and replace them with ones that won't make California the backwash of American civilization.