Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pew Survey: Changing Positive Attitudes on Gay Marriage

While some polls have suggested that support for same sex marriage has fallen in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, a new piece at Pew Research Center has bad news for the Christofascists: 55% of Americans support marriage equality versus 32% of Republicans who support marriage equality.  Most troubling for the GOP are the findings that 61% of independents support same sex marriage.  Worse yet from a long term view, 70% of  so-called Millennials support same sex marriage.  The findings are but further proof that the GOP is increasingly out of touch with the rest of America and living in a bubble like echo chamber dominated by Fox News, a/k/a Faux News, and loud mouth blowhards like Rush Limbaugh.  Here are highlights from Pew:
In Pew Research polling in 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a 57% to 35% margin.  Since then, support for same-sex marriage has steadily grown. Based on polling in 2015, a majority of Americans (55%) support same-sex marriage, compared with 39% who oppose it.

Younger generations express higher levels of support for same-sex marriage.  However, older generations also have become more supportive of same-sex marriage in recent years.

Among people who are religiously unaffiliated, a solid majority have supported same-sex marriage since 2001.

And among Catholics and white mainline Protestants, roughly six-in-ten now express support for same-sex marriage.  Support for same-sex marriage among black Protestants and white evangelical Protestants remains lower than among other religious groups.

Majorities of both Democrats (66%) and independents (61%) now favor same-sex marriage.  A smaller share of Republicans fave same-sex marriage (32%), though they also have become more supportive over the past decade.

Today, 58% of whites support same-sex marriage, as do 39% of blacks.
Despite these findings, the GOP remains the political whore of Christofascists.  When one does the numbers, it is hard to see the GOP remaining a viable political party in the long term, not because of marriage equality but because of a host of issues.  Increasingly, racism and demagoguery only plays well with a shrinking part of the electorate.

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