Our Gay-Marriage Experiment

One of the few issues on which opinion has moved left over the last few years is same-sex marriage. In 1996, Gallup found that Americans opposed it by a 68 percent to 27 percent margin. Last May, Gallup found Americans in favor by 53 percent to 45 percent. That’s a huge change in 15 years.

Other polls have shown similar movement. Pew Research reported last week that 45 percent favored same-sex marriage and 46 percent were opposed — a dead heat. Pew polls in 2008 and 2009 found only 35 percent to 40 percent in favor.

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Author Bio:

Michael Barone, senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner (www.washingtonexaminer.com), is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.
Author website: http://www.bernardgoldberg.com
  • Steve

    I was saddened to read that Michael Barone, whom I respect for some very seasoned analyses in other areas. I have to disagree with his analysis on same-sex marriage, however.
    I note that he only quotes the telephone and not automated polls on the issue. The Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) has done many state-by-state polls on the issue and finds many states are either more closely divided on the issue than you would expect or still oppose it by large majorities.