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Gallup poll: 50% vs 48% favor same sex marriages


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Initial post: May 10, 2012, 1:16:51 AM PDT
Georgedc says:
May 8, 2012
Half of Americans Support Legal Gay Marriage
Democrats and independents in favor; Republicans opposed
by Frank Newport

PRINCETON, NJ -- Fifty percent of Americans believe same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages -- down slightly from 53% last year, but marking only the second time in Gallup's history of tracking this question that at least half of Americans have supported legal same-sex marriage. Forty-eight percent say such marriages should not be legal.

The issue of same-sex marriage sharply divides the American public along political and religious lines. Almost two-thirds of Democrats support legalizing it, compared with 57% of independents and 22% of Republicans.

Support for Legal Same-Sex Marriage, by Political Subgroup, May 3-6 2012 Gallup

%should be legal %should not be legal

Democrats 65 34
Independents 57 40
Republicans 22 74

http://www.gallup.com/poll/154529/Half-Americans-Support-Legal-Gay-Marriage.aspx

Can you say it?

:)

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 4:06:31 AM PDT
Yes, but it fails to take into account the racial divide on the question. African Americans tend to be against it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 4:19:05 AM PDT
Georgedc says:
In addition to a racial divide, there is also an education, age, sex, and wealth divide in the issue. This poll was strickly a political divide which may have roughly absorbed all the different divides into party affiliation.

What is important to take away from this gallup poll is this: 50% favor gay marriage and 48% does not favor gay marriage.

Specifically:
Democrats 65% favor 34% disfavor
Independents 57% favor 40% disfavor
Republicans 22% favor 74% disfavor

Democrats and Independents favor gay marriage while republicans do not. We all know it will be the Independents that determine this election. Do Independents lean towards Obama or Romney?

Posted on May 10, 2012, 4:33:06 AM PDT
TOPICWAQ says:
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Belar says:
"In reality, the majority of Americans do not favor gay marriage."

There have been quite a number of polls the last several months that have shown Americans to be slightly in favor overall of same-sexed marriage. Even if those numbers ultimately aren't 100% accurate, there is absolutely NO doubt that it's an enormous generational shift, and one that is likely to continue pushing the numbers of those in favor higher and higher over the next few years.

I don't think it's an issue that should be voted on in the first place, as banning two consenting adults from forming a civil contract with each other is unconstitutional. I believe ultimately the SCOTUS is going to have to rule on the cases before them concerning same-sexed marriage (especially concerning the DOMA cases, which is a blatantly unconstitutional law in regards to same-sexed couples), and they don't get to ignore the 14th Amendment just because some people think that it's existence is inconvenient.

I also think that while a lot of African Americans may feel negatively about it overall, it's a generational shift there too. People just don't see it as being all that big of a deal (because it isn't), and anyone worried about our nation being wiped off of the map because of an angry deity throwing a temper tantrum over this one thing (treating human beings humanely, the HORROR!) shouldn't be taken particularly seriously anyway. Preachers can and will still be allowed to preach about the coming doom to our nation, and like they always are, they'll be wrong about this too.

By the way, I'm sure as everyone is already aware, President Obama (you know, a black guy) finally gave public support for marriage equality for same-sexed couples. I'm sure he's going to get a lot of grief from some of his supporters, but they aren't going to abandon him over the issue.

One more thing for all the snarky jerks out there who like to point out that gay people have the right to marry someone of the opposite sex just like everyone else, when marriage equality is finally realized across the entire country, heterosexuals will also have the right to marry someone of the same sex, just like everyone else. If they don't want to, nobody is going to force them to do so, and in fact, I would recommend against marrying someone that you have no interest in. It makes for a poor marriage.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:25:56 AM PDT
DEEZUS says:
tis a well played game of chess. While African Americans tend to be against it, they also tend to be against the party that had major candidates say they don't want to give black people money (I'm paraphrasing), calls Obama the food stamp President, has an uptick in the use of the term "tar baby" (even when used correctly, it's suspicious when it's become the thing to say all of a sudden)...black people will vote against things they perceive as racist against them before they vote against gay people getting married.

I believe that is the gambit here.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:26:30 AM PDT
I do not see this as a positive deciding factor in the election. I also see it as alienating a portion of Obama's base who will likely not vote as a result.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:28:10 AM PDT
I agree, but I think there is a chance that people may not vote at all, which would be a hit to Obama.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:33:08 AM PDT
DEEZUS says:
true...but as the attacks on Obama increase, so will the support for him in the black community. Black media, as happened in 2008, will make a point to encourage black voters to get out and vote. And just like in 2008, they will.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:43:38 AM PDT
I think republicans are trying very hard to discourage votes for President Obama because they know their milquetoast Mormon has very tepid support among republicans.

Their turnout is going to be low and they know it. So to counter, they try to drag President Obama down and discourage people from supporting him.

All democrats and intelligent republicans need to be sure to go to the polls in November to make sure President Obama gets re-elected.

I have no doubts that republicans will be hacking the voting machines and doing everything in their power to steal the election. In a close election, those dirty tricks can win it for Romney.

We need to make it a landslide.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:46:26 AM PDT
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TOPICWAQ says:
I appreciate your post. i understand that there is a generational swing in favor of same sex "marriage". But, I still believe that the majority of Americans do not favor gay "marriage". Most people have no problem with civil contracts or domestic partner registries so that couples have access access to employment benefits, hospital visitation, child care, etc. If you look at the issue in regard the legal and property issues that can be resolved by laws, why is it so important to be able have a marriage certificate on the coffee table in a frame? The generational trend is for people to live together as unmarried (gay or straight) couples more and more each day. To have families without contract.
So why not just lobby for the legalities?
Traditional marriage is an important cultural and religious symbol that many people still believe in. Why the big challenge?
President Obama's statement was one of political necessity. He even admitted it was something that he had to say "for me".
The only people who believe that's how he really feels are those who believe all his other "politically necessary statements", which can change at any given time, depending on his need at that moment.
His color has nothing to do with it, btw. Actually, color has nothing to do with this issue at all.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:49:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 10, 2012, 5:50:12 AM PDT
You can only speak for yourself, WHACKED.

It's just as valid for me to say I believe that a majority of Americans do favor same sex marriage.

You cons are amazing. Your candidate is famous for flip-flopping so what do you do? Try to paint Obama as a flip-flopper.

Romney was for gay marriage before he was against it.

Let's see how he feels if the polls swing to Obama over this... Bet he is for it too.

He may even claim he deserves credit for Don't Ask Don't Tell.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:50:49 AM PDT
DEEZUS says:
I believe that's how he really feels because his actions have been very, very positive towards the LGBT community during his administration. He has been the strongest advocate to ever live in the white house to that particular community.

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In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:59:04 AM PDT
DEEZUS says:
Those who voted for the first time ever last time.

He's still gonna get over 90% of the black vote (as democrats usually do), but the ones who would've sat at home will be energized by the "information".

Posted on May 10, 2012, 5:59:07 AM PDT
bperr says:
I am all for Gay marriage. Its nice to know that the POTUS feels the same way as I do about this. How will it effect the elections? I dont care. I have many gay friends who are very appreciative to hear this coming from the WH.
I am more concerned with my friends then how this effects HISTORY or the elections....

Gay people are people too, and now the White house agrees.... :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 5:59:37 AM PDT
DEEZUS says:
It's May.

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In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 6:08:29 AM PDT
DEEZUS says:
you will always see anything he does through the prism of cynicism.

I'm prone to see things in a different way...because I'm a supporter.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 6:08:45 AM PDT
bperr says:
i do agree with you.
Call it what you want. "evolving" or whatever, but in TODAYS politics, what Obama did is also known as Flip Flopping...

I am just glad he flooped (or flipped) to the HUMAN side of this subject and not to the religious side...

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TOPICWAQ says:
I understand that...But at the end of the school year in 2008, it was much much different around here.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012, 6:11:27 AM PDT
Amen!

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