Bipartisan polls show momentum nationwide for same-sex marriage

Bipartisan polls show momentum nationwide for same-sex marriage

From Leading Republican and Democratic pollsters on Wednesday released a new analysis of polling data spanning more than a decade that reveals a dramatic shift in public attitudes on the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.

The results show steady growth in support over a 13-year period, with a significant acceleration over the past two years.

This surge reflects evolving positions among every group analyzed, including older Americans and Republicans, groups that historically have been the least supportive of same-sex marriage.

According to the study, support for marriage equality rose about 1% per year over a 13-year period between 1996 and 2009. But in 2010 and 2011, it jumped 5% per year.

Voters under 40 support marriage equality by almost 70 percent, and as young people reach voting age, this rise is expected to continue.

“America’s elected officials are lagging behind the American people, a majority of whom have opened their hearts and changed their minds and now support the freedom to marry with accelerating momentum,” said Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry.