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Updated Jun 24, 2024, 9:25am EDT
politics

Support for same-sex marriage plateaus in US

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Support for same-sex marriage appears to have hit a ceiling in the US, according to Gallup’s latest polling.

It finds that 69% of Americans think gay and lesbian unions should be legal, statistically unchanged from the past several years.

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But there are stark differences between the parties: 83% of Democrats and 75% of independents continue to back it, with support relatively steady among both groups. But the share of Republicans in favor has fallen to 46%, after hitting all-time highs of 55% in 2021 and 2022.

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There’s been an even larger, 15-point drop since 2022 in the share of GOP voters who believe same-sex relationships are morally acceptable, now at 40%.

The sudden fall notably seems to have occurred after a midterm election cycle featuring an intense conservative backlash against LGBTQ material in classrooms and the media.

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