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Posts for May, 2010

The More They Get To Know Us…

Jim Burroway

May 25th, 2010

…the better these numbers look:

According to a recent Gallup poll, the percentage of Americans who believe that gays and lesbians are “morally acceptable” is at an all-time high. At 52% viewing gay people favorably against 43% disproving,  this is the first time that a clear majority of Americans see gays as good since this polling began in 2001. And in even better news, this year marks the first time in which that spread blew the doors off the ±4% margin of error.

Marriage support edges up slightly

Timothy Kincaid

May 24th, 2010

Gallup, in their annual survey of support and opposition for same-sex marriage have found that support is back up to about 44% and opposition is down to 53%. These are not out of the range of findings for the past six years but are slightly more positive than the last two surveys.

Here’s what to glean from the findings:

  • A majority of Democrats (56%) and about half of Independents support marriage equality
  • Those who identify as liberal (70%) or moderate (56%) are supportive
  • Only folks in the South and Midwest and those who consider religion “very important” have majorities that oppose equality.
  • About one in four Republicans (and those who identify as “conservative”) support your right to marry. (That’s not a lot, but still don’t assume that every Republican you meet is your enemy)

This study only looks at marriage. When you add in the civil union option, we have about two thirds support.