For all the worrywarts out there fearful about a backlash to the growing momentum for marriage equality, the Gallup Poll has some reassuring numbers. According to the latest survey, 55% of Americans support marriage equality. That’s not only a record high for support, but it’s also a proof that a solid majority of Americans now favor same-sex marriages.
Support for marriage equality has been steadily inching up over time. The strongest support is among people 18 to 29 years old. More than three-quarters of them believe marriage equality should be legal. An almost equal number of Democrats also support the right to marry.
By contrast, older people and Republicans are the most resistant to change. Only 42% of people 65 and older support marriage equality. And a pitiful 30% of self-identified Republicans believe it should be legal.
Those numbers are the real problem for the GOP in national elections. There are only so many old Republicans left, and their numbers keep dwindling. If the future is young voters, the Republican party is starting with a losing proposition.
The only finding of note is that opposition in the South isn’t nearly as strong as you might think. The survey found that support for marriage equality was around 48% in that region. While that’s the lowest rate for the nation, it’s mighty close to a majority. So for all those states where marriage equality is pending final court decisions. the opposition may not be all that intense once the inevitable comes to pass.