Pre-SCOTUS Poll: 55% Support Same-Sex Marriage
A poll released before the Supreme Court handed down its decisions today regarding DOMA and Proposition 8 shows that an increasingly solid majority of Americans support same-sex marriage:
A majority of Americans say they support same-sex marriage, according to a new poll released hours before the Supreme Court’s historic decision on a pair of cases involving gay rights.
According to the survey from CNN and ORC, 55 percent of Americans say they support allowing homosexuals to marry one another, while 44 percent disagree. That’s up 11 percentage points from the beginning of President Obama’s time in office.
The survey also found that six in 10 Americans believe the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages performed in the states that already permit gay marriage. Of those surveyed, 39 percent say they back the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from doing so.
This is consistent with other polling that we’ve seen over the past year or so indicating that support for marriage equality is now the majority position in the United States, and that it seems to be holding up solidly rather than simply being something ephemeral captured in only a couple polls. This is evidence of a real sea change on a social issue, and one that has occurred over a very short period of time. It wasn’t that long ago, remember, that large majorities of Americans opposed same-sex marriage and initiatives to ban were passing quite easily. That’s no longer the case, and it’s unlikely to change back in the other direction.
What will be interesting to see, of course, will be to see what impact today’s ruling have on the polls.