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Poll: Slight majority of Americans favor nationwide gay marriage

Published July 29, 2013 9:19 am
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If a referendum were held to legalize gay marriage nationwide, it would pass.

That's according to a Gallup poll released Monday, in which 52 percent of Americans said they would favor such a law and 43 percent expressed opposition. Of course, there is no referendum, and any such effort would drag Utah along kicking and screaming. According to a 2012 Utah Voter Poll, 72 percent of this state's residents oppose gay marriage.

Monday's Gallup poll found that weekly churchgoers were least likely to support a federal gay marriage initiative, at 23 percent. (The 2012 Utah Voter Poll found that just 8 percent of Mormons favored gay marriage, in contrast to 60 percent of those from other religions and 76 percent with no religious affiliation.)

A 40-point chasm separates Republicans and Democrats: 30 percent and 70 percent, respectively, support nationwide gay marriage.

Gallup also found that 54 percent of Americans believe that marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized as valid, showing little change since the Supreme Court's July ruling to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and make same-sex couples eligible for federal benefits in states that have legalized gay marriage. A pre-ruling poll in May showed 53 percent favored recognizing legal marriages.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 percent.

See more poll results here.


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