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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

More Data on Who Favors and Who Opposes Same-Sex Marriage

Guest post by Alyssa Brown

Since Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan publicly declared their support for legalizing same-sex marriage, our phones have been ringing off the hook with requests for more data on Americans' views on this topic. Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport reports that half of Americans believe same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. He also discusses how Americans' views on same-sex marriage have changed over time and vary by party identification, religion, and religiosity.

Here is an in-depth breakdown of how Americans feel about legalizing same-sex marriage, from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll, conducted May 3-6.

Frank Newport and USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page discuss Joe Biden's comments on same-sex marriage and President Obama's views on the issue in this week's Election Matters. We will be publishing more data on same-sex relations from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll in the coming weeks.

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Anonymous said...
May 11, 2012 at 12:03 AM  

I am a Black American, thirty years old, live in Florida and a Christian. I am a registered Democrat. I believe these survey polls are misleading. I voted against gay marriage in the State vote and will not support a candidate who will promote gay marriage. As I get closer to God and read the bible I understand God does not compromise yet, this is something all true Christians will have to come to realize. Where have all the conservative Democrats gone? Who will be there for the working middle class Americans? We most certainly cannot depend on the Republicans to care about the working man. In conclusion, we all lose when a candidate choose to back gay marriage.

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