Gay marriage: Despite Supreme Court decision, Americans still split on same-sex marriage

More Americans oppose gay marriage than support it

Payton Guion
Tuesday 21 July 2015 15:53 BST
The White House has been making small steps to promote LGBT rights, officials claim
The White House has been making small steps to promote LGBT rights, officials claim

The US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage last month, paving the way for same-sex couples to marry all over the country.

But a recent poll shows that the American public is split on the issue, with slightly more people disagreeing with the Supreme Court’s decision than agreeing with the high court, according to the Associated Press.

The poll shows that 39 per cent of Americans supported the legalization of same-sex marriage, while 42 per cent were in opposition. Eighteen per cent neither approved nor disapproved.

When asked about gay marriage in their own states, people responded slightly more favorably, with 42 per cent in favor and 40 per cent opposed.

Support for same-sex marriage actually appears to have fallen since an April poll, when 48 per cent of people said they were in favor of gay marriage. The change could be influenced by people who changed their response from neutral to opposed following the Supreme Court decision.

The survey found a drastic difference in opinion between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats overwhelmingly supported gay marriage, with 65 per cent in favor. Just 22 per cent of Republicans said they favor same-sex marriage.

The AP-GfK Poll questions 1,004 adults between July 9 to July 13, using a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population.

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