Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Pew Poll; Marriage equality "inevitable"

There's a new poll from Pew on marriage equality and it finds over 70% believe legal same sex marriage is "inevitable". The numbers are the same for Republicans who generally oppose, as for Democrats who generally favor.  Overall, 57% favor equality.  This is similar to other polls.
As support for same-sex marriage has increased, other attitudes about homosexuality have changed as well. Majorities now say homosexuality should be accepted by society (63%) and that the sexual orientation of a gay or lesbian person cannot be changed (60%). Nearly half (47%) say that people are born gay or lesbian. These opinions represent a shift over the past decade, even if in some cases the short-term changes have been modest.

In addition, a 54% majority says there is no conflict between their own religious beliefs and homosexuality, up from 48% in 2013. However, the view that homosexuality and one’s personal religious beliefs are in conflict remains a powerful factor in opposition to same-sex marriage.

An overwhelming majority of the public (88%) reports personally knowing someone who is gay or lesbian. That is little changed since 2013, but much higher than in the early 1990s.
Not surprisingly, the more likely you are to have gay friends, the higher your level of support.

And can we just stop with the falsehood that religion is opposed to equality?  It's a SUBSET of religion that is opposed.


Erp said...

But it is a pretty large subset and in recent years it is almost always religious based arguments that are used to justify persecution.

Glenn Ingersoll said...

It remains deeply underwater, but it is encouraging to note that support for marriage equality among white evangelicals has DOUBLED in ten years. Another ten year doubling and we would see majority support among white evangelicals by 2025.

Highly unlikely, yeah.

But the trend lines are good.