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Thursday, October 27, 2016

DOMASupport for same-sex marriage is growing quickly, according to a USA Today poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates.

The poll, which questioned 1,003 adults from Thursday through Sunday, found that 55 percent of Americans believe that marriages of same-sex couples should be recognized as valid by law, and should carry the same rights as “traditional” marriage.

According to USA Today, these numbers are the “highest level of support since Gallup began asking the question in 1996.”

The poll also questioned people’s opinions of the Supreme Court decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8.

“Neither one of those decisions is as a legal matter a huge gay rights victory. But it’s the moral message from the Court that these unions are entitled to equal respect … that is probably the lasting legacy of the decisions and is probably going to play a significant role in public opinion,” said Harvard Law School professor and SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein.

The Princeton poll’s findings back Goldstein. Slightly short of a majority, 48 percent of those surveyed, favor the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA.

The poll found that the major demographic groups that do not support same-sex marriage include Republicans (68 percent) and seniors 65 and older (51 percent). Opposition in the South has slipped to under 50 percent.

Respondents were also asked their opinions of SCOTUS’ rulings on affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act; 53 percent of those surveyed believe that affirmative action measures are still needed to “counteract the effects of discrimination against minorities,” and 49 percent opposed SCOTUS’ ruling on the Voting Rights Act, which struck down a crucial provision of the Act that required particular states, mainly in the South, to seek federal approval in order to change election laws.

There is a 43-44 percent approval/disapproval division over the way the Supreme Court is doing its job. This is the lowest level of approval in eight years. Out of those surveyed, 31 percent believe the Court is “too liberal,” 21 percent believe the Court is “too conservative,” and 37 percent believe the Court is “about right.”

Ideology creates a further divide: Two-thirds of Republicans feel the Court is too liberal, but about half of Democrats believe the Court is about right, while the other half feels it is too conservative.

The margin of error for this poll is +/-3.6 percentage points.

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  • lessthantolerant

    There is always hope it will increase the spread of aids.

    • Allan Richardson

      You certainly lived down to your username with that remark.

      • lessthantolerant

        Aww.. Allen does my remarks make you feel bad? I can’t seem to care what you think.

    • ralphkr

      Well, lessthantolerant, I don’t see how same sex marriage shall help spread aids unless you think that marriage is the cause of aids from your reading of the fact that aids is most prevalent among heterosexual people and miss read it as heterosexual married people.

      • lessthantolerant

        simpleton, I do not believe marriage will cause aids as well as I laugh at the facts about hetero aids, please tell me where those numbers come from, I know the country you count as fact also, this whole scam is just that. What I know from reading and see the reports on homosexuals. Homosexuals are more promiscuous than any other group and hence, even if married it will not matter.
        Please try to see beyond the sick perverted statistics offered you by liberal groups with agendas.

        • ralphkr

          What I have read states that heterosexual couples are much more apt to cheat than homosexual couples and that homosexual couples are likely to stay together much longer than heterosexual couples. According to both the CDC and World Health aids is rampant in heterosexuals & the majority of new aids patients are heterosexual. But of course, I realize that any group that publishes anything that does not jive with your perverted ideas, lessthantolerant, must be a lying liberal group. I wonder if you shall still be laughing about the facts when you contract aids (assuming that you are heterosexual) from your wife, mistress, prostitute, drug use, or blood transfusion.

    • liberalboston

      Lessthantolerant they only reason gay men are more promiscuous is because they don’t have a woman telling them NO.
      If straight men didn’t have woman they would be having more sex.
      Sorry for you loss of SEX.

      • lessthantolerant

        LOL!, there may be some truth to that. Every girlfriend I ever had wanted monogamy, unlike gays.