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Generation by Generation, Where Voters Stand on Same-Sex Marriage

Posted By Tamara Lytle On March 27, 2013 @ 6:05 pm In Washington Watch | Comments Disabled

As the U.S. Supreme Court took up two seminal cases on same-sex marriage, the media speculated about whether the justices were in step with public opinion. But what is the public’s opinion? When you look at the issue by generation, there’s a wide divide.

More members of Generation X (born 1965-1980) and Millennials (born after 1980) favor marriage equality than oppose it, according to a Pew Research Center poll [1] in March. Not so for the Silent Generation (born 1928-1945) or boomers (born 1946-1964), though both generations are increasingly changing in favor.

 

3-20-13 #1 [2]

 

Social conservatives say polling overestimates support for same-sex marriage. Once actually in a voting booth, people are more likely to oppose same-sex marriage measures than they admit to pollsters, the Washington Post reports. [3]

Still, public opinion on the issue has shifted dramatically during the past 10 years among all age groups. Even Republicans over age 50 increasingly support the idea, according to [4] the Washington Post.

gay-mar-by-age1 [5]               Washington Post-ABC News polls, 2004-2013

 

But among the justices who will make the ruling, the youngest, Elena Kagan, is a 52-year-old boomer. The court divides 5-4 by generation, with boomers holding an edge over the Silent Generation.

 

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Finding Strength to Leave a Relationship: Dr. Pepper Schwartz, AARP Sex & Relationships Expert [7]

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[1] poll: http://www.people-press.org/2013/03/20/growing-support-for-gay-marriage-changed-minds-and-changing-demographics/

[2] Image: http://www.people-press.org/files/2013/03/3-20-13-1.png

[3] reports.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/03/25/is-support-for-gay-marriage-over-sold/

[4] according to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/files/2013/03/gay-mar-by-age1.jpg

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/gay-mar-by-age1.jpg

[6] The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: What’s at Stake for Older Gay Couples: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-03-2013/the-supreme-court-and-same-sex-marriage.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[7] Finding Strength to Leave a Relationship: Dr. Pepper Schwartz, AARP Sex & Relationships Expert: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/11/30/pepper-schwartz-finding-the-strength-to-leave-a-relationship/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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