Friday, May 6, 2011

Majority of Republicans now support gay unions

A poll released this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows a majority of Republicans from all across the country now support some form of legal recognition for gay couples. This latest research joins four previous polls in the past eight months showing an overall majority of Americans in favor of marriage equality. The PPP poll, drawing from opinions of over 1,000 GOP voters nationwide, was particularly revealing when broken out by age and income levels, both of which suggest a political and economic cost for attacking LGBT families.

“The PPP survey showed that 12% of Republicans polled are in favor of full marriage rights, 39% support civil unions, and only 48% believe there should be no legal rights for gay couples. To put this in context, the 51% of Republicans who support legal relationship recognition for gay couples is now higher than the number (45%) who approve of the job Republican John Boehner is doing as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

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