October 13th, 2010
12:48 PM ET
12 years ago

U.S. support for gay marriage rises steadily

(CNN) - American support for same-sex marriage is rising steadily, a large new poll suggests, mirroring similar findings from another recent survey.

Backing for allowing gay and lesbian marriages rose from 29 percent in 2008 to 37 percent today, the Public Religion Research Institute announced Wednesday.

And a majority of young people back gay marriage, their survey found - 52 percent of 18-29 year-olds are in favor, while another 23 percent support civil unions.

The results jibe with findings from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, another Washington think tank, which found last week that 42 percent of Americans favored gay marriage, while 48 percent opposed it.

It was the first time in the 15-year history of the Pew Forum asking the question that opposition to gay marriage fell below 50 percent, the think tank said.

The Public Religion Research Institute revealed its findings as it unveiled new information from its 2010 American Values Survey, a telephone poll of 3,013 American adults conducted from September 1-14.

Initial findings from the survey came out last week, and suggested that the Tea Party and the Christian conservative movement have more in common than the conventional wisdom thought.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. 21 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    which found last week that 42 percent of Americans favored gay marriage, while 48 percent opposed it

    A majority still oppose it. Let this issue be decided at the ballot box and not by some liberal unelected court.

    October 13, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. DWTS

    How many articles on this will be done by CNN? It's starting to come off as propaganda...

    October 13, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    Tea party candidates will understand this polls mean NO

    October 13, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Nobody really has an issue except for the Puritan fundamentalists led by DeMint. Otherwise the only issue about Gay "marriage" or unions is whether or not they should be allowed to raise children. Not sure if that is considered normal for kids to be exposed to alternative lifestyles. Does any other nation on the planet allow Gay couples to adopt or raise children? I doubt it.

    October 13, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    For the Repubs/teabaggers evolution is a bad thing, especially social evolution.
    They are afraid of everything! "The gay boogey-man is so scary"
    All the teabaggers/repubs do is whine, complain, cry, and then blame someone else for their problems. Look at all their candidates – always the vicitim and never taking responsibility for their own actions.

    October 13, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. The reality is...

    It doesn't matter if 99.99 % of Americans support gay marriage, it still doesn't make it right. This is just a sign of the times. When another 10 years go by the goal for some will be to persuade people to believe certain other perverse relationships are okay. Use your own imagination and remember if you agree that gay marriage is okay then you must agree anything goes. Why not? Who, then, has the right to draw the line?

    October 13, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. UrAverageJoe

    It's only a matter of time before it is legalized. Just like it took older voters dying off to finally allow interracial marriages, eventually the older voters who can't wrap their heads around same sex marriage will die off and younger voters who don't have that bias will pass it. Eventiually the vast majority of Americans will see same sex marriage is no greater a threat to this country than interracial marriage was and embrace it as a civil right. The question and the political battles being fought now are not about if, but about when.

    October 13, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. neednewgov

    We are either equal in this country or we are not. Simple.
    If churches don't want to marry people, that is their right. Gays should be allowed to marry at the courthouse.

    October 13, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. informed voter

    Equal rights for all is past due. We must stop teaching our children to hate and fear those who are different from them. I am a middle aged, married woman who has raised her children to respect people no matter their race or sexual orientation. We know many different kinds of families who contribute to society and are no threat to anyone other than self rightous hypocrites. Our Constitution was written to protect rights, not prohibit them.

    October 13, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    We are all gay to a point 🙂
    Some are less gay, and some (conservatives) are AIRPORT BATHROOM gay.

    October 13, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. barry

    Let me guess it's got about a 50% approval rating.

    October 13, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Big George in Big D

    I knew there were a multitude of idiots in this country but didn't realize just how many! Gay marriage is just plain nonsense.

    October 13, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Support YES ! This is a civil rights issue that needs to be recognized. People are people and who they share their lives with is none of the business of their neighbors or the Government.
    The people should be allowed to live their private lives without the intrusion of the Government or some religion.
    God loves us all unconditionally, try love for a change something this world sure could use a lot more of.

    October 13, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    its a tragidy 4 america ,that this people instead of getting therapy &counceling 2behave like educated people &get married and create a family like all generations did till now,they just spread this"dirty"behavior in the society.this is the biggest sin"god hates this behavior",in the privous decades a person that had such sickness acted this way in his basement,but they should become so popular on the streets.its absolute ridicilus",what do we say 2 our kids ,what type of people are these?

    October 13, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Branden

    37% is still intolerant and pathetic. Way to be progressive USA .

    October 13, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Laverne

    I am so torn on this issue.

    October 13, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. S. in California

    Personally, I'm STILL AGAINST it.

    Thank you.

    October 13, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Still 63% are against gay marriage.

    October 13, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. angry liberal

    Has Obama actually decided whether he really supports gays? Maybe we will never know... But he talks nice.

    October 13, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Larry

    i think gay marriage is just silly should not be allowed and you should have to get you're own medical coverage. my opinion dont care what you think of it.

    October 13, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  21. colinsux

    that's more support than what the civil right movement had, so what are we waiting for folks?

    October 13, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    HATE brings 'Change in Heart' so KEEP HATING and the haters will find themselves on the other side of the FENCE – alone – and looking STUPID!!!!

    That's right – I said it – and ya'll keep the hate going against President Obama see what happens!!! WATCH how many hearts CHANGE!!! Keep in mind that STM (short term memory) is curable in most cases!!! Soon, everyone will be forced to go back to 2008 and then all of a sudden – BAM!!!!!!! – They're going to remember!!! They’re going to REMEMBER what got us in this MESS!!!!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia making sure the DEMOCRATS stick to the BASE and UNITE – UNITY brings PRIDE and PRIDE brings HOPE and HOPE brings CHANGE and CHANGE means we need to continue to 'MOVE AMERICA FORWARD'!!!!!!! Yes We Can!!

    October 13, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  23. gt

    drip ... drip... drip... drip... america under obama and the left wing media are tearing the foundation of this country apart... its slow core values one at a time ....drip ... drip...drip...

    October 13, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |