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Americans increasingly support gay marriage

(Blogmensgo, 12 December 2012) Some 48% of Americans say they support same-sex marriage and 46% opposed, according to a survey conducted by the polling institute of Quinnipiac University (Connecticut) and made public on 5 December 2012. In 2008, the same survey noted 36% in favor and 55% of unfavorable opinions.

Results, click to enlarge (DK / NA = Do not know / not applicable). ©Quinnipiac.edu

The most significant change in four years is a credit to the male population. While men remain mostly hostile to gay marriage, but today 50% against 61% in 2008. The proportion of male with a favorable opinion grew by 31% in 2008 to 43% in 2012.

The Americans are slightly more favorable to gay marriage (52% for, 42% against) than their male counterparts.

Despite the hostility of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, "White Catholics" are 49% in favor to marriage between persons of the same sex, against 43% unfavorable opinions. The score is much more pronounced among "white Protestants", with 63% of negative opinions against 32% in favor.

The portion of the 18-29 shows a score almost reversed, again with a big gap between pro (63%) and anti (35%).

In October 2011, a similar poll by the Pew Research Center accredited the pro and anti 46% to 44%.


Omnibus survey conducted by telephone from November 28 to December 3, 2012, with 1,940 voters spread across the United States. The announced margin of error is ± 2.2%.

Comment. The glass is half empty (still very controversial topic), but it is mostly half full (progression sharp and fast!)

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo

(via all the press on 5 December 2012, including Businessweek, AFP and Le Figaro)

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