New Study: Plurality Of Americans Support Marriage Equality
March 03, 2011 10:42 am ET by Carlos Maza
Darren Sherkat, a sociologist at Southern Illinois University, has found that more Americans now support marriage equality than oppose it. Sherkat examined the data collected by the General Social Survey, a biannual survey focusing on the attitudes and demographic characteristics of U.S. residents. The survey is conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and is based on interviews with over 3,500 respondents.
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46.40% of respondents said they agreed or strongly agreed that same-sex marriage should be legal, with only 40.30% disagreeing. Sherkat highlights the data's significance on his blog:
For the first time, a legitimate scientific survey is showing very clearly that the proportion of Americans who agree or strongly agree that same sex marriage should be legal exceeds the proportion who either oppose or strongly oppose marital rights.
These results are in line with an August 2010 AP poll that found 52% of Americans believe the Federal Government should give legal recognition to marriages between couples of the same sex and an August 2010 CNN poll that found 52% of Americans believe gay and lesbian couples should have a constitutional right to get married.
The data reaffirms an undeniable truth about the debate over whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry: widespread support for full marriage equality in the United States is an inevitability.