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Poll: Republicans Prefer Same-Sex Relationship Recognition Over John Boehner

May 05, 2011 9:51 am ET by Carlos Maza

A majority of Republicans now support some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples, according to a poll released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling (PPP). 51 percent of respondents said they approved either full marriage rights or civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, while 48 percent answered that there should be no legal recognition of gay couples at all:

Q2 Which of the following best describes your opinion on gay marriage: gay couples should be allowed to legally marry, or gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry, or there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple's relationship?

Gay couples should be allowed to legally marry 12%

Gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not marry 39%

There should be no legal recognition of a gay couple's relationship 48%

Not sure 1%

As PPP pointed out in a blog post, GOP support for same-sex relationship recognition now surpasses Speaker of the House John Boehner's (R-OH) approval rating among Republicans:

To put the 51% of Republicans who support legal recognition for gay couples into perspective, that's higher than the 45% who approve of the job John Boehner's doing as Speaker of the House. The times they are a changing...

And changing they are: these poll numbers come in the wake of a string of recent national polls showing that a majority of Americans now support full marriage equality. As Nate Silver pointed out in April, Republicans who continue to cling to their anti-gay political ideologies may soon find themselves abandoned even by their typically conservative constituents.

Previously:

Silver: Opposing Marriage Equality Is A Losing Strategy For GOP

Majority Of Americans Support Marriage Equality

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