Did you know the Pew Research Center has been gathering information about public opinion on same-sex marriage for the past 20 years? Did you know that, in 2010, more Americans opposed allowing gays and lesbians to marry than supported it? I didn't!
In advance of the SCOTUS's ruling later this month and the 2016 presidential campaign, a new survey (opens in new tab) from the fact tank offers a glance at how Americans stand on the issue. The good news: From a poll of 2,002 adults, 57 percent of people now favor same-sex marriage, the highest level of support in nearly two decades. Yay! The unsurprising news: 65 percent to 34 percent is the breakdown of Democratic versus Republican support. The stupendous news: 72 percent of voters who identify as Republican, Democrat, and Independent believe it's inevitable same-sex marriage will eventually be recognized legally.
We probably don't say this enough, but go America! I mean 'Murica! Eagles and marriage equality for all!
Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.
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