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Over 60% of Americans support same-sex marriage, new study finds

Gallup's annual 'Values and Morals' poll reveals support for same-sex marriage in the US has never been higher

2018-05-26

A new study has found that support for same-sex marriage in the US has never been higher.

Gallup's annual Values and Morals poll was released on Wednesday (May 23) and found that 67% of US adults now support same-sex marriage, up 40% from a similar 1996 study.

The report, which surveyed 1,024 adults between May 1 and 10, revealed there’s been a 3% increase among Americans who say same-sex marriages should be legal in each of Gallup's past three annual reports.

Back in 2012, 53% of Americans support same-sex marriage and the number increased to 60% in 2015 after same-sex marriage was made legal across the US.

The study claimed the increase could be to “greater numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults getting married in the US.”

In addition, Gallup’s report revealed that 83% of Democrats are likely to support same-sex marriage compared to 44% of Republicans.

The report said: “The latest figure for Republicans’ views on gay marriage is similar to the 47% recorded in 2017. The GOP has seen growth in the percentage of Republicans who favour legally recognised gay marriage over the years, but has yet to reach majority support.”