Poll: Majority say legal same-sex marriage inevitable
June 6th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Majority say legal same-sex marriage inevitable

(CNN) – A majority of Americans – and even a majority of same-sex marriage opponents – believe it's "inevitable" that gays and lesbians will eventually be able to legally wed, a new survey indicates.

The poll, from the Pew Research Center, comes as the United States Supreme Court prepares to rule on two high profile same-sex marriage cases. A decision will come by the end of June.

Seventy-two percent of Americans believe legal recognition of same-sex marriage is inevitable, according to the poll. That's a jump from 2004, when 59% held that view.

Among those who support marriage rights for gays and lesbians, 85% said legal recognition was inevitable. But even among those who oppose same-sex marriage, 59% believe the opposing viewpoint will eventually win out and become the law of the land.

The poll reflected a longstanding trend of greater acceptance of same-sex marriage, seen in surveys going back several years. In Thursday's Pew poll, 51% of Americans say they support legal recognition for same-sex marriages.

And like past polls, more Americans report personally knowing someone who is gay, either in their family or circle of friends.

Demographically, older Americans are still less likely to support same-sex marriage, though even a majority of those 65 or older believe marriage rights for gays and lesbians are inevitable.

The Pew survey was conducted by telephone May 1-5 from a sample of 1,504 American adults. The sampling error was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

Filed under: Polls • Same-sex marriage • Supreme Court
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    the tightie righties can't face up to the fact that "those people" are gonna be married and living next door to them in their fantasy Leave it to Beaver neighborhood and there's nothing they can do about it. The lie that it degrades marriage is just ignorance but let them live in their unicorn bubble while the rest of the country evolves and they stagnate

    June 6, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair asked:

    Tell me where it states that marriage – gay or straight – is a civil right? If you can't, your point is moot.
    Freedom of religion.

    June 6, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Peoples State of Illinois: Regarding my stats on Americans who want gun control, my bad that the 90% are Democrats; the majority figure for all Americans should be 85%.

    My source? March 22, 2013, Fox News website:

    A new Fox News poll finds the most popular measure continues to be universal background checks: A large 85-percent majority of voters favors requiring checks on all gun buyers, including at gun shows and private sales. That includes most Democrats (90 percent), Republicans (83 percent) and independents (82 percent), as well as most of those living in a gun-owner household (81 percent).

    There is also sizable public support for requiring mental health checks on gun buyers (72 percent) and background checks on ammunition purchases (70 percent).

    Funny how you say the obstructionist Repubs are doing what they're supposed to do – which is what, exactly? Go against the will of the majority of Americans? Wouldn't that be them cowing to a minority – which is what you're claiming Dems are doing in regard to letting gay people marry?

    And admit it: You didn't respond to the rest of my post because you're brain cramped.

    June 6, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
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