Pew Poll Finds Religion Often Shapes Americans’ Views on the Freedom to Marry

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

September 2010

A nationwide Pew Research Center poll found the freedom to marry is the leading issue in which respondents say religious belief influences their opinion. Thirty-five percent of respondents, including 60 percent of those identifying as conservative and 5 percent of liberals, cited religion as the most important influence on their opinion of marriage for same-sex couples.

The poll results were based on responses provided by 3,003 adults in the continental United States contacted in late July and early August via landline telephone and cell phone calls. [PDF]