US poll: 10% increase in support for legalizing same-sex marriage

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In February 2014, The New York Times and CBS News asked Americans for their views on various issues, their attitudes toward the parties and their opinion of a number of possible presidential candidates.

Two out of five respondents said they think that same-sex couples should not be able to marry.

Two out of three said that individual states should decide on the legality of same-sex marriage, rather than it being mandated at a federal level.

One out of two indicated the strength of their views about same-sex marriage, with 53% saying they would not vote for a candidate that did not share their views on same-sex marriage.

Republicans support same-sex marriage

Source: The New York Times

How have views on same-sex marriage changed?

The New York Times and CBS News poll has charted interesting changes in public opinion during 2012 – 2014.

In support of legalizing same-sex marriage

In July 2012, 46% of respondents said that same-sex marriage should be legal.
In February 2014, 56% said it should be legal.

Not in support of legalizing same-sex marriage

In July 2012, 44% said it should not be legal.
In February 2014, 39% said it should not be legalized.

Those unsure about legalizing same-sex marriage

In July 2012, 10% said they were unsure whether same-sex marriage should be legal or not.
In February 2014, 4% said they were unsure whether same-sex marriage should be legal or not.

The survey also examined the differences between the views of Republicans and Democrats.

The survey was conducted via telephone interviews (February 19 – 23) with 1,644 adults in the US. The interviews were conducted in English or Spanish. It was led by The New York Times and CBS News.

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