Poll: A Majority of Americans Support Marriage Equality
March 18, 2011
For nearly a decade, ABC News and the Washington Post have been teaming up to poll Americans about their opinions on equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. A new poll released today shows for the first time that a majority of Americans – 53 percent – support marriage equality. This is right in line with a poll released in January by the Human Rights Campaign showing support from 52 percent of Americans.
Over the past few years, we have seen a huge shift in favor of marriage equality. In 2004, the ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that just 32 percent of Americans favored marriage for same-sex couples. Compared with even five years ago, support has grown 23 percent among people in their 30s, 18 percent among seniors and 17 percent among people in their 40s. Today, 68 percent of people under age 30 are allies for marriage equality. Five states and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and D.C. You can add your voice to the growing movement for marriage equality by joining HRC’s Millions for Marriage campaign.
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