Democrats, Independents and Republicans
are just as likely to say that marriage equality is “inevitable.”
According to a Pew Research Center
telephone poll of 2,002 adults conducted May 12-18, 57 percent of
Americans say that gay and lesbian couples should be given equal
access to marriage, while 39 percent remain opposed.
“This is the highest level of support
measured for same-sex marriage in nearly 20 years of Pew Research
Center polling on the issue,” pollsters
wrote in releasing the results.
While only 34 percent of Republicans
support marriage equality, they (72%) are just as likely as Democrats
(72%) and Independents (74%) to say that its recognition is
Pollsters also asked respondents their
views on whether homosexuality conflicts with religious beliefs.
A majority of respondents (54%) said
there is no conflict, while 43 percent said there was either a lot
(33%) or a little (10%) conflict.