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   Law and Civil Rights
         
Same-sex marriage, gay rights
         
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Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Rights

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. March 7-10, 2014. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

.

"Do you support or oppose allowing same-sex couples to get married?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
3/7-10/14 55 36 9
9/20-23/13 55 36 9

.

"All things being equal, would you rather live in a state that makes it easy or difficult for gay and lesbian couples to marry, or does it not matter much to you?"

.

Easy Difficult Does
not matter
Unsure
% % % %
3/7-10/14 30 18 50 2

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Feb. 27-March 2, 2014. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

.

"If a candidate for U.S. Congress supports gay marriage, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely or wouldn't it make much difference in your vote?"

.

More likely Less likely Not much
difference
Unsure
% % % %
2/27 - 3/2/14 28 25 46 1

.

"Overall, do you support or oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
2/27 - 3/2/14 59 34 7
6/5-9/13 57 40 3
5/1-5/13 55 40 5

.

"Regardless of your own preference on the issue, do you think that the part of the U.S. Constitution providing Americans with equal protection under the law does or does not give gays and lesbians the legal right to marry?"

.

Does Does not Unsure
% % %
2/27 - 3/2/14 50 41 9

.

"Do you favor or oppose allowing gay or lesbian couples to adopt a child?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
2/27 - 3/2/14 61 34 5

.

"Do you think businesses should or should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians?"

.

Should Should not Unsure
% % %
2/27 - 3/2/14 16 81 3

 

Pew Research Center. Feb. 12-26, 2014. N=3,338 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

.

"Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"
May 2008, June 2008, April 2009, August 2009, April 2012, June 2012: "... allowing gay and lesbian couples ..."

.

Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
 

%

%

%

 

2/12-26/14

54

39

7

 

5/1-5/13

51

42

8

 

3/13-17/13

49

44

8

 

10/24-28/12

49

40

11

 

6/28 - 7/9/12

48

44

8

 

6/7-17/12

48

44

9

 

4/4-15/12

47

43

11

 

2/22 - 3/1/11

45

46

9

 

8/25 - 9/6/10

43

47

10

 

7/21 - 8/5/10

41

48

10

 

8/11-17/09

39

53

8

 

4/09

35

54

11

 

8/08

39

52

9

 

6/18-29/08

40

52

8

 

5/21-25/08

38

49

13

 

3/01

35

57

8

 

6/96

27

65

8

 


 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 19-23, 2014. N=1,644 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Do you think it should be legal or not legal for same-sex couples to marry?"

.

Legal Not legal Unsure/
No answer
% % %
2/19-23/14 56 39 4
7/18-22/13 55 39 6
5/31 - 6/4/13 51 44 5
3/20-24/13 53 39 8
2/6-10/13 54 39 8
11/16-19/12 51 41 8
9/8-12/12 51 41 7
7/11-16/12 46 44 10

.

"Do you think laws regarding whether same-sex marriage is legal or not should be determined by the federal government or left to each individual state government to decide?"

.

Federal
government
Each
state
Unsure/
No answer
% % %
2/19-23/14 33 64 3

 

Public Religion Research Institute, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Nov. 12-Dec. 18, 2013. N=4,509 adults nationwide. Margin of error 1.7.

.

"Now, I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today.

"All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally?"

.

Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
% % % % %
11/12 - 12/18/13 22 31 21 20 5

.

"All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gay and lesbian people to adopt children?"

.

Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
% % % % %
11/12 - 12/18/13 23 35 20 17 6

.

"All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose laws that would protect gay and lesbian people against job discrimination?"

.

Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
% % % % %
11/12 - 12/18/13 33 39 15 8 5

.

"Do you think the question of whether gay marriage should be legal is something that should be decided at the national level, or is it something that each state should decide for itself?" N=2,252 (Form 1)

.

National
level
Each
state
Unsure/
Refused
% % %
11/12 - 12/18/13 43 52 6

 

Gallup Poll. July 10-14, 2013. Adults nationwide.

.

"Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?" N=972 (Form A), margin of error 4

.

Should Should not Unsure

%

%

%

7/10-14/13

54 43 3

5/2-7/13

53 45 3

11/26-29/12

53 46

2

5/3-6/12

50 48

2

12/15-18/11

48 48 4

5/5-8/11

53 45 3

5/3-6/10

44 53 3

5/7-10/09

40 57 3

5/8-11/08

40 56 4

5/10-13/07

46

53

1

5/8-11/06

42

56

2

.

"Suppose that on Election Day you could vote on key issues as well as candidates. Would you vote for or against a federal law that would make same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states?" N=1,055 (Form B), margin of error 4

.

Vote for Vote against Unsure

%

%

%

7/10-14/13

52 43 4


 

Quinnipiac University Poll. June 28-July 8, 2013. N=2,014 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.2.

.

"Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would allow same-sex couples to get married?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

6/28 - 7/8/13

49 44 6

7/5-11/11

46 48 6

4/21-27/09

38 55 7

.

"Do you think each state should make its own law on whether same-sex marriage is legal or illegal there, or do you think this should be decided for all states on the basis of the U.S. Constitution?"

.

State laws U.S.
Constitution
Unsure
% % %

6/28 - 7/8/13

40 53 7

4/25-29/13

36 57 7

3/26 - 4/1/13

36 56 7

.

"As you may know, the Supreme Court recently ruled that married gay and lesbian couples are entitled to federal benefits. Do you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court's decision?"

.

Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %

ALL

62 34 4

Republicans

43 53 4

Democrats

74 24 3

Independents

66 29 5

 

USA Today Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. June 27-30, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

.

"Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?"

.

Should Should not Unsure
% % %
6/27-30/13 55 40 5

.

"Now I would like to ask you a few more questions about two rulings made by the Supreme Court this week. As you may know, the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a part of the Defense of Marriage Act that denied married gays and lesbians federal benefits that are available to married couples of the opposite sex. Do you favor or oppose the Supreme Court's ruling in this case?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
6/27-30/13 48 43 9

 

Pew Research Center. June 27-30, 2013. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

.

"From what you've read and heard about the Supreme Court's decisions on same-sex marriage, would you say you strongly approve, approve, disapprove, or strongly disapprove of their decision?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
6/27-30/13 45 40 15
Republicans 22 63 15
Democrats 61 29 10
Independents 49 37 14

.

"Did the Supreme Court rule in favor of those who oppose same-sex marriage, or those who support same-sex marriage?" Options rotated

.

Those who
oppose
Those who
support
Unsure
% % %
6/27-30/13 13 66 21

.

"Do the Supreme Court's rulings mean that same-sex couples can now get married in all 50 states, or it is up to individual states to determine whether same-sex couples can get married?" Options rotated

.

Can marry in
all 50 states
Up to
each state
Unsure
% % %
6/27-30/13 15 67 18

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 26-30, 2013. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

.

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision providing legally married same-sex couples with the same federal benefits given to other married couples?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
6/26-30/13 56 41 3

.

"Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision letting stand a lower court ruling that allows gay marriage in California?"

.

Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
6/26-30/13 51 45 4

 

CNN/ORC Poll. June 11-13, 2013. N=1,014 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Do you think marriages between gay and lesbian couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?"

.

Should Should not Unsure    
% % %    

6/11-13/13

55 44 2    

Democrats

69 29 2    

Independents

56 42 2    

Republicans

34 65 1    

.

3/15-17/13

53 44 3    

Men

49 48 3    

Women

56 40 4    

Under age 50

61 36 3    

50 & older

42 53 4    

Democrats

70 28 2    

Independents

55 41 4    

Republicans

25 71 4    

.

5/29-31/12

54 42 3    

Men

52 43 5    

Women

56 42 2    

Democrats

70 28 2    

Independents

60 37 4    

Republicans

23 72 5    

.

9/9-11/11

53 46 1    

4/9-10/11

51 47 2    

4/23-26/09

44 54 2    

12/19-21/08

44 55 1    

6/26-29/08

44 53 3    

.

"As you may know, several states legally recognize marriages between gay or lesbian couples. Regardless of how you feel about the laws in those states, do you think the federal government should or should not legally recognize the same-sex marriages that have been performed in states that allow them?"

.

Should Should not Unsure    
% % %    

6/11-13/13

60 39 1    

3/15-17/13

56 43 1    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 5-9, 2013. N=1,007 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

.

"Overall, do you support or oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
ALL 57 40 3
Democrats 71 28 1
Republicans 33 65 2
Independents 60 37 3

.

"Overall, do you support or oppose having the federal government give same-sex couples who are legally married the same benefits given to other married couples?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
6/5-9/13 63 34 3

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. May 31-June 3, 2013. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

.

"The Supreme Court may also decide on the constitutionality of a prohibition on gay marriage in California. Do you support or oppose allowing same-sex couples to get married?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
5/31 - 6/3/13 52 41 7

 

Public Religion Research Institute. May 15-19, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

.

"I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today. All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally?"

.

Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

5/15-19/13

24

28

22

21

5

1/28 - 2/24/13

25

27

19

23

7

6/20-24/12

25

24

18

26

7

3/7-11/12

22

30

19

25

5


 

Gallup Poll. May 2-7, 2013. N=1,535 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Just your best guess, do you think that allowing two people of the same sex to legally marry will change our society for the better, will it have no effect, or will it change our society for the worse?" Options rotated

.

For the
better
No effect For the
worse
Unsure

%

%

%

%

5/2-7/13

19 40 39 2

5/7-10/09

13 36 48 2

9/19-21/03

10 40 48 2

.

"What is your impression of how most Americans feel about same-sex marriage? Do you think most Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage or opposed to same-sex marriage?"

.

Most are
in favor
Most are
opposed
Unsure

%

%

%

5/2-7/13

30 63 7

11/26-29/12

30 61 9


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 1-5, 2013. N=1,008 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

.

"Overall, do you support or oppose the plan by the Boy Scouts of America to admit scouts who are gay?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
5/1-5/13 63 32 5

.

"Overall, do you support or oppose the plan by the Boy Scouts of America to continue to ban gay adults from being scout leaders?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %
5/1-5/13 39 56 5

 

Pew Research Center. May 1-5, 2013. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

.

"Here are some pairs of statements. Please tell me whether the FIRST statement or the SECOND statement comes closer to your own views, even if neither is exactly right. ... Homosexuality should be accepted by society. Homosexuality should be discouraged by society."

.

Should be
accepted
Should be
discouraged
Neither (vol.)/
Unsure/
Refused
 

%

%

%

 

5/1-5/13

60

31

8

 

7/94

46

49

5

 

.

"Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to enter into legal agreements with each other that would give them many of the same rights as married couples?" N=740 (Form 1)

.

Favor Oppose Unsure/
Refused
 

%

%

%

 

5/1-5/13

67

28

5

 

.

"Regardless of your opinion about same-sex marriage, do you think legal recognition of it is inevitable, or not?"

.

Is
inevitable
Is not
inevitable
Unsure/
Refused
 

%

%

%

 

5/1-5/13

72

21

7

 


 

Quinnipiac University Poll. April 25-29, 2013. N=1,471 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

.

"In general, do you support or oppose same-sex marriage?"

.

Support Oppose Unsure
% % %

4/25-29/13

45 47 8

3/26 - 4/1/13

50 41 9

2/27 - 3/4/13

47 43 10

11/28 - 12/3/12

48 46 7

7/8-13/08

36 55 9

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). April 5-8, 2013. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

.

"Do you favor or oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to enter into same-sex marriages?" If favor or oppose: "Would you say that you strongly favor/oppose, or just somewhat favor/oppose?"

.

Strongly
favor
Somewhat
favor
Somewhat
oppose
Strongly
oppose
Depends
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

%

4/5-8/13

38

15

10

32

1

4

12/6-9/12

33

18

10

30

2

7

2/29 - 3/3/12

32

17

9

31

3

8

10/22-25/09

26

15

9

40

3

7

3/04

18

12

10

51

3

5

.

"Should the federal government recognize gay marriages performed in states that have made them legal?"

.

Yes No Unsure

 

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

 

4/5-8/13

63

34

3

 

 

 

.

"Should the question of allowing same-sex marriages be left to the states, or should there be a federal standard defining marriage across the country?"

.

Left to
the states
A federal
standard
Unsure

 

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

 

4/5-8/13

38

56

6

 

 

 

.

"If there were a federal standard defining marriage across the country, would you prefer it include same-sex marriage in the definition of marriage or define marriage as between one man and one woman?" Options rotated

.

Include
same-sex
marriage
One man,
one woman
Unsure

 

 

 

%

%

%

 

 

 

4/5-8/13

47

48

5

 

 

 


 

CBS News Poll. March 20-24, 2013. N=1,181 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Do you think it should be legal or not legal for same-sex couples to marry?"

.

Legal Not legal Unsure
% % %
ALL 53 39 8
18-29 years old 73 21
30-44 59 37
45-64 46 46
65 & older 35 52

.

"Do you think laws regarding whether same-sex marriage is legal or not should be determined by the federal government or left to each individual state government to decide?"

.

Federal
government
State
governments
Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
3/20-24/13 26 62 1 10
2/6-10/13 29 61 2 9

.

"Do you think the federal government should recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples and provide them the same federal benefits the government provides to heterosexual married couples, or not?"

.

Should Should not Unsure
% % %
3/20-24/13 60 35 5

.

"Do you think the Boy Scouts of America should or should not allow openly gay members in its organization?"

.

Should Should not Unsure
% % %
3/20-24/13 51 36 12

 

Fox News Poll conducted by Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). March 17-19, 2013. N=1,002 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Do you favor or oppose legalizing same-sex marriage?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure
% % %
3/17-19/13 49 46 5
2/25-27/13 46 46 8
10/28-30/12 42 44 14

.

"Do you think each individual state should be allowed to decide whether same-sex couples can legally marry, or not?"

.

Should Should not Unsure
% % %
3/17-19/13 53 45 2

.

"Do you think same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry, or not?"

.

Do Do not Unsure
% % %
3/17-19/13 53 43 5

.

"Twenty years from now, do you think same-sex couples will be able to marry in every state, most states, only a few states, or will they not be able to marry in any state?"

.

Every state Most states A few states No states Unsure
% % % % %
3/17-19/13 32 41 16 6 4

 

Pew Research Center. March 13-17, 2013. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

.

"Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally?"
EXCEPT for 5/08, 6/08, 8/09, 4/12: "Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?"

.

Strongly
favor/Favor
Oppose/
Strongly
oppose
Unsure  

%

%

%

 

3/13-17/13

49

44

8

 

10/24-28/12

49

40

11

 

6/28 - 7/9/12

48

44

8

 

6/7-17/12

48

44

9

 

4/4-15/12

47

43

11

 

2/22 - 3/1/11

45

46

9

 

8/25 - 9/6/10

43

47

10

 

7/21 - 8/5/10

41

48

10

 

8/11-17/09

39

53

8

 

4/09

35

54

11

 

8/08

39

52

9

 

6/18-29/08

40

52

8

 

5/21-25/08

38

49

13

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. March 7-10, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

.

"Do you think it should be legal or illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married?"
2005 & 2010-2012: "gay and lesbian."
2009: "gay and lesbian" asked of half the sample, "homosexual" asked of half the sample. Other years: "homosexual."

.

Legal Illegal Unsure
% % %
3/7-10/13 58 36 6
7/25 - 8/5/12 53 42 5
5/17-20/12 53 39 8
3/7-10/12 52 43 5
7/14-17/11 51 45 4
3/10-13/11 53 44 3
2/4-8/10 47 50 3
4/21-24/09 49 46 5
5/31 - 6/4/06 36 58 5
8/25-28/05 39 58 3
3/4-7/04 38 59 3
2/18-22/04 39 55 6
1/15-18/04 41 55 4
9/03 37 55 7

.

"Do you think each state should make its own law on whether same-sex marriage is legal or illegal there, or do you think this should be decided for all states on the basis of the U.S. Constitution?"

.

Each state U.S.
Constitution
Unsure
% % %
3/7-10/13 33 64 3

 

Quinnipiac University. Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2013. N=1,772 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.3.

.

"Do you think the Boy Scouts of America should continue its ban on openly gay members or end its ban on openly gay members?"

.

Continue ban End ban Unsure
% % %
ALL 33 55 12
Republicans 51 33 16
Independents 31 57 12
Democrats 19 71 10

Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Rights continued

 


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