Gallup: 83% of Democrats Support 'Gay Marriage' But Only 49% of GOP Does

By Michael W. Chapman | June 1, 2020 | 4:04pm EDT
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(CNS News) -- As LGBT Pride Month began on June 1, Gallup reported that 67% of Americans believe homosexual marriage should be recognized as legally valid. However, on the political scale, 83% of Democrats said it should be valid while only 49% of Republicans said gay marriage should be valid.

As part of its annual Values and Beliefs poll, Gallup asked, "Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?"

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(Gallup)

In response, 67% said "valid," and 31% said "not be valid." 

"Since Gallup's initial measure on support for gay marriage in 1996, when 27% backed it, the percentage of U.S. adults saying it should be legally recognized has climbed by 40 percentage points," said the polling firm.

"Gallup first recorded majority-level support in May 2011, and support has exceeded 60% each year since 2016," the analysis stated.

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(Gallup)

Broken down politically, the numbers show that 83% of Democrats and 71% of Independents think gay marriage "should be recognized by the law as valid." 

However, only 49% of Republicans said homosexual marriage should be legally valid. In 2016 that percentage was 40% among the GOP, and in 2012-13 only 28%.

"U.S. Democrats (83%) have consistently been one of the most likely groups to favor same-sex marriage, and their support has grown the most (by 50 points) among political party groups since 1996," said Gallup. "Support has also grown considerably among independents -- now at 71%, up 39 points since Gallup's initial measure."

"Republicans have consistently been the least likely to favor same-sex marriage, though they have warmed to the idea over the course of Gallup's trend, growing in support by 33 points," reported the survey firm

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