The rise in support for same-sex marriage over the past decade is among the largest changes in opinion on any policy issue over this time period. A new national survey finds that much of the shift is attributable to the arrival of a large cohort of young adults — the Millennial generation — who are far more open to gay rights than previous generations. Slideshow: Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage. That is far higher than the support among older generations.
Growing Support for Gay Marriage: Changed Minds and Changing Demographics
Record-High 60% of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage
Paul R. Two striking features characterize the state of public opinion about gay rights in general and gay marriage in particular. As Page and Shapiro observe, large shifts over time in public policy preferences tend to be rare. In the case of gay marriage, however, polling reveals a number of rapid transformations. The other striking feature is the wide variation across nations in public opinion about gay rights and gay marriage, as well as related attitudes about gay men, lesbians, and homosexuality see Table 1.
Majority of Public Favors Same-Sex Marriage, but Divisions Persist
After years of generally steady increases, opinions about same-sex marriage are mostly unchanged since While attitudes about same-sex marriage are changed little from two years ago, support has increased substantially over the past two decades. The Pew Research Center survey, conducted March among 1, adults finds that Republicans and Democrats remain deeply divided over legal marriage for gays and lesbians — though support has increased significantly in both parties over the past 15 years.
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