A majority of Americans would support a law legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, according to the results of a new Gallup poll released on Monday.
The poll showed that 52 percent of Americans would vote for a federal law making same-sex marriage legal across the nation, while 43 percent said they would vote against such a law.
Gallup noted that support for the proposed law was strongest among self-described liberal Americans and those with no religious affiliation.
Meanwhile, weekly churchgoers, Republicans and conservatives showed the lowest levels of support for the proposed law.
The poll also found at least 60 percent support for the proposed law among Democrats, adults aged 18 to 34, those who rarely or never attend a church or other place of worship, moderates, Easterners, and Catholics.
On the other hand, less than 50 percent of Protestants, adults 55 and older, Southerners, and men expressed support for legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
Gallup said 54 percent of a separate half-sample of Americans think marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized as valid, nearly unchanged from the 53 percent that expressed the same view in a May survey.
The level of support was seemingly not impacted by the Supreme Court's recent decisions striking down a provision in the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissing an appeal to a lower court ruling overturning California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.
Gallup Senior Editor Lydia Saad said the poll results add "to the body of evidence in Gallup trends that public opinion on gay marriage has reached a tipping point, whereby the majority now clearly supports it."
"Nevertheless, the issue remains highly divisive, as large majorities of left-leaning, nonreligious, and younger Americans endorse it, while right-leaning, religious, and older Americans still oppose it," she added.
The Gallup survey of 2,027 adults was conducted July 10th through 14th and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
by RTT Staff Writer
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