According to the latest Gallup poll, U.S. support for same-sex marriage reached a historic high of 70 percent. The latest figure released last week marks an increase of 10 percentage points since 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all states must recognize same-sex marriages.
“Today’s 70 percent support for same-sex marriage marks a new milestone in a trend that has pointed upward for a quarter of a century,” said Gallup on June 8.
“A small minority of Americans (27 percent) supported legal recognition of gay and lesbian marriages in 1996, when Gallup first asked the question. But support rose steadily over time, eventually reaching the majority level for the first time in 2011.”
Gallup pollsters also say for the first time Republicans, consistently the party group least in favor of same-sex marriage, show majority support this year with 55 percent in favor.
Authors say the latest increase in support by the numbers is driven largely by changes in Republicans’ views.
They add that Democrats have consistently been among the biggest supporters of legal same-sex marriage.
The current 83 percent among Democrats is on par with the level of support Gallup has recorded over the past few years.
“This could suggest that support for gay marriage has reached a ceiling for this group, at least for now. Meanwhile, support among political independents, now at 73 percent, is slightly higher than the 68 percent to 71 percent range recorded from 2017 to 2020,” said Gallup.
With the growing support among Americans for same-sex marriage age differences remain says Gallup. Eighty-four percent of young adults are in favor of same-sex marriage compared to 72 percent of middle-aged adults, and 60 percent of older adults.
The new same-sex marriage poll comes as LGBT identification rose to 5.6 percent [up from 4.5 percent in 2017] in Gallup’s latest U.S. estimate released in February.
The poll on Americans’ sexual identity found that the majority of LGBT peoples consider themselves bisexual and one in six Gen Z adults identify as part of the LGBT community.
While Americans are increasingly in favor of LGBT rights, the response has been mixed on transgender issues regarding whether or not they can serve in the military or play sports as a trans person.
A majority of the public (66 percent) continues to favor allowing openly transgender men and women to serve in the U.S. military says Gallup, but the opposite is true when it comes to sports.
A majority of Americans (62 percent) say trans athletes should only be allowed to play on sports teams that correspond with their birth gender, while 34 percent say they should be able to play on teams that match their gender identity.
Politically, 63 percent of self-identified liberals are most supportive of allowing athletes to play on teams according to their gender identity, while 34 percent of moderates and 12 percent of conservatives have this view, according to Gallup.
Authors say just like Americans have changed their views over the decades regarding same-sex and interracial couples, the same is possible for transgender issues.
“It’s possible that Americans may view the issue differently down the line. However, changes in views on LGBT issues are often driven by generational change, and at the moment, young Americans hold views similar to their elders.”