Saturday, August 21, 2010

Support for same sex marriage, state by state

Writing in today's NY Times, Andrew Gelman, Jeffrey Lax, and Justin Phillips look at data state by state supporting marriage equality.

I've highlighted some of their data previously, here and here, where they did exhaustive studies of the views on a variety of GLBT equality issues, by state and by age. The trend is clear.

And support for same-sex marriage has increased in all states, even in relatively conservative places like Wyoming and Kentucky. Only Utah is still below where national support stood in 1996....

This trend will continue. Nationally, a majority of people under age 30 support same-sex marriage. And this is not because of overwhelming majorities found in more liberal states that skew the national picture: our research shows that a majority of young people in almost every state support it. As new voters come of age, and as their older counterparts exit the voting pool, it’s likely that support will increase, pushing more states over the halfway mark.
Today's column updates their paper from last year, Upcoming in Gay Rights in the States: Public Opinion and Policy Responsiveness Jeffrey R. Lax and Justin H. Phillips Columbia Univ. American Political Science Review, Vol. 103 (3), 2009, which provided these graphs. Click for a closer view.


Episcopal Bear said...

Psst! IT?

Totally off topic, but do you know if there's a concise history of the split in the Anglican Communion over Teh Ghey? I know bits'n'pieces, but want the full picture.

IT said...

EB, check out the sidebar on Fr Jake stops the WOlrd--there's a section of his previous posts on gays and the Future of Anglicanism. Those are very rich posts with good references.