New poll indicates record support for the freedom to marry
May 23, 2012
This morning, The Washington Post and ABC released a new poll showing that the number of Americans who strongly support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples hugely exceeds the number of those who strongly oppose. 53 percent of those polled said that the freedom to marry should be legal, and 39 percent of those voices responded that they were "strongly" in favor of the freedom to marry. Only 32 percent signalled "strong" opposition to marriage for same-sex couples.
Our founder and President Evan Wolfson reacted to the polling with excitement in this statement:
Today's poll results confirm that, not only does there continue to be solid majority support for the freedom to marry nationwide, but that - politicians, take heed! - supporters of the freedom to marry now feel more strongly than opponents about their stand. Not long ago, our opponents bragged that highlighting marriage in a campaign would win them votes. But these results show, more clearly than ever before, that the wedge has lost its edge and that the momentum of open hearts and changing minds continues to favor those who favor the freedom to marry and getting America on the right side of history.
Today's poll also demonstrates enormous support from the black community, with 59 percent of black respondents saying that they support the freedom to marry. Just this past weekend, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country, published a resolution supporting the freedom to marry.
Wolfson commented on this in his statement:
It's particularly gratifying to see the growing support among African-Americans, who, like the President and the NAACP, understand that the Golden Rule and our nation's civil rights commitment of liberty and justice for all really do apply to 'all.' The toxic tactics of anti-gay forces to, in their own words, 'drive a wedge between blacks and gays,' has backfired, and support for the freedom to marry now has a majority among those who know all too well what discrimination, including discrimination in marriage, looks and feels like.
The poll also highlights strong support among Independent voters and young respondents. Among respondents who identify as Independents, 58 percent support the freedom to marry, with 43 percent "strongly" supporting, and among adults under the age of 30, 69 percent support the freedom to marry, with 51 percent "strongly" supporting.
Freedom to Marry is pleased to see that opposition to marriage for same-sex couples has hit an all-time low. By continually growing support for the freedom to marry, we diminish the impact of the opposition, taking us one step closer to the freedom to marry for all couples.