Support for marriage equality for same-sex couples continues to grow, and remains particularly high among the youngest voters.
On May 17, 2013, I updated the content (including the table data) of this March 27 post to reflect some of the latest polling information. The polls added in this update include the national Gallup and Washington Post – ABC polls, the Washington Post Virginia poll, the Rocky Mountain Arizona poll, the DHM Research Oregon poll, and the Quinnipiac Ohio poll.
I also adjusted the post’s title, which used to say that levels of support among young voters were “at or above 70%.” Some of the new polls come from states where the numbers haven’t quite reached that level yet, though they are close.
The polls varied in terms of sample size, wording, and other factors, so we need to be cautious about cross-poll comparisons and about reading too much into any particular number. Some sample sizes for sub-groups (like the younger age groups) were small.
But even with that in mind, the numbers taken as a whole suggest a bright future for marriage equality in the U.S., regardless of what the Supreme Court rules in the cases now before it.
*Numbers showing less than majority support for marriage equality should not be read to indicate majority opposition. The Pew poll showing 49% in support of same-sex marriage showed 45% in opposition. In Ohio, Quinnipiac found 48% favoring marriage equality and 44% opposed. In Oregon, 49% of voters support changing the state constitution to allow same-sex marriage, with 42% opposed.