gay marriage gains
This year’s figure is the second highest level of support for gay marriage since Gallup began asking the question in 1996. The poll’s all-time-high support for gay marriage occurred in 2007 at 46 percent.
Despite the slight rise in support this year, the poll found that most Americans remain opposed to gay marriage. Fifty-three percent of Americans say same-sex marriage should not be valid nor given the same rights as traditional marriages.
Not surprisingly, Americans who say religion is “very important” in their lives are among the groups most likely to oppose legal same-sex marriage. Seventy percent of those who say religion is very important in their life are against gay marriage, as opposed to 27 percent of those who say religion is not important.
Americans who are unaffiliated are highly likely to support legal gay marriage (81 percent), compared to Catholics (48 percent) and Protestants (33 percent).
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