Two More Polls Find Majority Support For Marriage Equality
May 20, 2011 1:38 pm ET by Equality Matters staff
Two recent polls have confirmed (yet again) that a majority of Americans now support recognizing same-sex marriages as legally valid. One of the polls, conducted by Gallup, found that 53 percent of Americans support marriage equality, a 9-point increase from the results of its 2010 poll on the same issue.
The other poll, conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute, found slightly more modest results, with 51 percent of respondents favoring recognizing same-sex marriages. Twenty-four percent of respondents in that poll were “strongly” in favor of marriage equality.
These polls add to a growing mountain of evidence indicating that the American public is moving quickly towards embracing full marriage equality. Over the past several months, at least four other national polls have found that over 50 percent support recognizing same-sex marriages:
- CNN: 51 percent in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages, 47 percent opposed. [4/19/11]
- Washington Post-ABC: 53 percent in favor of recognizing same-sex marriage, 44 percent opposed. [3/18/11]
- AP-National Constitution Center: 52 percent in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages, 46 percent opposed. [8/16/10]
- CNN: 52 percent believe gays and lesbians should have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriages recognized as valid by law, 46 percent opposed. [8/11/10]
These numbers should make anti-gay conservatives extremely nervous about their future political prospects.
More importantly, it should give on-the-fence progressives a good reason to get off the fence and get on the right side of history by actively working for full LGBT equality.