53% of Americans Support Gay Marriage In Recent Survey

Gallup’s Third Consecutive Reading of 50% or Above over Past Year

May 2-7 poll by Gallup suggests that U.S. support for marriage equality is solidifying above the majority level.

Findings Very Different From 3 Years Ago

Three years ago, only 44% were in favor of gay marriage.  In 1996, only 27% of Americans supported same-sex marriage.

Highlights of the Poll:

  • Nearly all U.S. subgroups are more likely to favor gay marriage now.
  • Democrats, Independents, and liberals show increasing support for gay marriage, well above the majority.
  • Republicans, conservatives, and moderates more likely to favor gay marriage now.
  • Left-leaning political groups in last 3 years responsible for percentage increase.


Sixty-nine of Democrats believe in 2013 that gay marriage should be legal as opposed to 58% of Independents.  Only twenty-six percent of Republicans favor gay marriage.

Younger Americans are more likely than older Americans to favor same-sex marriage with the breakdown as follows:

  • The highest percentage of approval comes from 18 to 29 year-olds.
  • Fifty-three percent of 30 to 49 year-olds favor gay marriage.
  • Forty-six percent of people, 50 to 64 year-olds favor gay marriage.
  • Forty-one percent of sixty-five and older adults support gay marriage.

When asked their impression of how most Americans feel about the issue, 63% say the public is opposed to gay marriage when in effect, most support it.  Only 30% say the public favors it.  This finding suggests that a segment of Americans who support same-sex marriage believe that their views are in the minority, but they’re really in the majority.

Americans Are Not Convinced that Gay Marriage has Societal Benefits

Only 19% of Americans believe legalizing same-sex marriage will change society for the better.  But this figure is up from 10% in 2003. Forty percent say that legal gay marriage will have no effect on society or will make it worse (39%).



2 thoughts on “53% of Americans Support Gay Marriage In Recent Survey

  • June 5, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Do you really think people agree with you? It has become an intimidation factor. Might as well have the KKK stand in front of voting poles in the south because that’s all the militant gay agenda is doing to the straights of America.

    • June 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you for replying. The polls show that there is greater acceptance for legalizing gay marriage, particularly for the under age 35 group.

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