Poll: Men and women don't see eye to eye on same-sex marriage
May 14th, 2012
09:34 AM ET
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Poll: Men and women don't see eye to eye on same-sex marriage

(CNN) - A new national poll points towards a gender gap over same-sex marriage.

According to new numbers released Monday morning from Gallup, 50% of Americans say same-sex marriages should be legal. But break it down by gender, and 56% of women say same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry, but only 42% of men feel the same way.

The survey also points to a geographic divide, with a majority in the East, Midwest and West in support of legal same-sex marriages, but only four-in-ten in the South feeling the same way.

The poll also indicates the predictable generational gap, with younger voters more supportive of same-sex marriage and older voters opposed, and partisan divide, with nearly two-thirds of Democrats and a majority of independent voters, but only one-in-five Republicans, in support of such marriages.

The Gallup poll was conducted May 3-6, before the president's announcement last Wednesday that he personally supports same-sex marriage, with 1,024 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Gays should be able to marry...but they should not be allowed to raise children. Problem solved.

    May 14, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Many years ago, my husband and I and our 2 children, aged 10 and 6 at the time, were vacationing at the cape. We went to P-Town and were minding our own business – just walking – when from the opposite direction, a gay couple walk past us and say "what are you (explecitive) breeders doing here?"

    So I guess we have to be tolerant of them, but not so much in the other direction, eh?

    May 14, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

    The fact that less men support it is probably only because a lot of men find it gross.

    May 14, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  4. Expat American

    Dean – why shouldn’t gay married couples be allowed to raise children? Christian Conservatives raise children all the time….and I see nothing but hatred and bigotry on the part of Christian Conservatives towards gay people; while I don’t hear anything inversely going the opposite way.

    May 14, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Joan

    The Republican far right and media keep saying that the Obama campaign brought up this issue as a diversion from the economy and that VP Biden forced the issue. Actually it was the North Carolina election and the question that the anti-gay activists put on the ballot that began the whole issue weeks before the VP's remarks. Let's be honest about that. As far as this being a partisan or racial issue, look at the facts. Laura Bush, Cindy McCain and Dick Cheney all support gay marriage. Can't get more Republican heavy hitters than that. Don't forget in every black or white evangelical congretation there are probably several gay people sitting there scared out of their minds that others will find out. Others probably have family or friends in the gay community who they know are being treated unfairly. They may be secretly saying to themselves that they appreciate what the Presdient said and may vote in his favour in that secret booth. Sometimes I think many evangelical ministers and others protest too much and may be hiding secret issues and agendas for one reason or another.

    May 14, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Marcus

    Dean – Explain why gays should not be allowed to raise kids, but if you're going to say anything like 'so they can't teach their way to the kids'... forget it.
    'ad hominem' attacks are not worth reading...

    May 14, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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