More Americans Support than Oppose Same-Sex Marriage for First Time (ReligionDispatches)
Sociologist Darren Sherkat of Southern Illinois University has taken a close look at the General Social Survey data and found that in 2010, for the first time, more Americans support than oppose same-sex marriage.
Sherkat reported these findings in his blog:
When you look at that graph, the shift is dramatic; in 1988, just 22 years ago, only 12% of Americans supported gay marriage. In 2010, it was 46%, with only 40% opposed. And it's even a big shift from 2008 to 2010: support went up seven points, and opposition trended downward seven points.
Sherkat tells me:
There are no other scientific surveys which have asked questions about same sex marriage over a long period of time. The only other remaining scientific general population surveys are the National Election Surveys, and I don't think they ever asked a question about that (or if they did it was only in the 2008 version). I can't stress this enough.
Complete article at Religion Dispatches : http://bit.ly/hzeKsg