Two-Thirds of Democrats Now Support Gay Marriage

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Section 2: Long-Term Views of Homosexuality, Gay Marriage and Adoption

The
proportion of Americans who welfare happy matrimony has increasing by 21 points since
1996, from 27% to 48%. Over this period, antithesis has depressed from 65% to 44%.

Strong
support for happy matrimony now equals clever antithesis (22% strongly favor, 23%
strongly oppose). As recently as 4 years ago, twice as many strongly opposed
as strongly adored happy matrimony (30% vs. 14%). In 1996, 41% strongly opposed
gay matrimony while usually 6% strongly adored it.

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There
also has been a solid boost in support for permitting gays and lesbians to
adopt children. In 1999, usually 38% adored happy adoption while 57% were opposed.
Today, 52% welfare happy adoption while 42% are opposed. 

Views of Gay Marriage 

The
issue of happy matrimony stays a polarizing one opposite a domestic spectrum.
Among regressive Republicans, an strenuous infancy (78%) opposes happy marriage.
By contrast, a far-reaching infancy of magnanimous Democrats (83%) welfare permitting gays and
lesbians to marry legally. Views of independents, and moderates in both
parties, are some-more mixed.

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Six-in-ten
college graduates support permitting gays to marry (60%), compared with 51% of
those with some college knowledge and 38% of those with no some-more than a high
school education. (For long-term trends on views of gay
marriage, formed on yearly totals, see
“Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage”.) 

Just
22% of white devout Protestants welfare happy matrimony while 73% conflict it. By
comparison, there is some-more support (50%) than antithesis (40%) among white
mainline Protestants. Nearly six-in-ten white non-Hispanic Catholics (59%) favor
allowing gays and lesbians to marry, as do 57% of Hispanic Catholics.

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About
four-in-ten black Protestants (38%) welfare permitting gays and lesbians to marry
legally, while some-more than half (54%) are opposed.

People
who have no eremite connection welfare happy matrimony by 72% to 20%. Among
atheists and agnostics, an strenuous infancy (88%) supports happy marriage;
just 6% are opposed. Among those who report their sacrament as zero in
particular, 65% support happy matrimony and 26% are opposed.

Generally,
those with high levels of eremite joining conflict happy marriage. Nearly
two-thirds (65%) of those who attend eremite services during slightest weekly oppose
allowing gays and lesbians to marry, as do 59% of those who contend sacrament is
very critical in their lives. There is distant some-more support for happy matrimony among
those who attend services reduction frequently and those who contend sacrament is less
personally important.

Views
of Gay Adoption
 

Like
support for happy marriage, support for permitting gays and lesbians to adopt children
has increasing in new years. There has been a 10-point boost in support
since Jul 2006 (when 42% of a race upheld permitting gays to adopt
and 52% were opposed). Since 1999 there has been a 14-point boost in
support.

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In
many ways groups in views about happy adoption counterpart those of happy marriage.
Both parties are separate over permitting gays and lesbians to adopt children. While
85% of magnanimous Democrats welfare happy adoption, 55% of regressive and moderate
Democrats do so. Among Republicans, moderates and liberals are during slightest twice
as expected as conservatives to welfare happy adoption (53% vs. 23%).

More
women than organisation welfare happy adoption (57% vs. 46%). And happy adoption is supported
by some-more of those younger than 30 (67%) than any other age group.

As
with happy marriage, whites are some-more expected than African Americans to favor
allowing gays to adopt (54% vs. 43%).  However, while Hispanics are some-more expected to
support happy matrimony than to conflict it, they are roughly uniformly divided
regarding happy adoption, with 44% in welfare and 48% opposed.

Three-in-ten
white evangelicals (30%) support permitting happy adoption, though twice as many (65%)
oppose it. Among white mainline Protestants, about half support permitting gays
to adopt (53%). Somewhat fewer white mainline Protestants (40%) conflict it.

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Among
Catholics there is a pointy separate along racial lines. Nearly dual thirds of white
Catholics (63%) support permitting gays to adopt and fewer than one third (30%)
oppose a practice. By contrast, reduction than half of Hispanic Catholics (40%)
support permitting gays to adopt.

A
majority of people who contend sacrament is really critical in their lives oppose
allowing happy and lesbian couples to adopt (55%), while about one-in-four (23%) people
who contend sacrament is reduction than really critical conflict this.

There
is substantial overlie between support for permitting gays and lesbians to marry
legally and permitting them to adopt children. People who trust that gays and
lesbians should be authorised to marry legally also tend to trust happy and
lesbians should be authorised to adopt children. And people who conflict allowing
gays and lesbians to marry mostly also conflict permitting them to adopt. In fact,
three buliding of a open possibly favors both (41%) or opposes both (34%) of
these practices.

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Views of Homosexuality 

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Today,
a comparison of Americans (41%) trust that homosexuality is something that people
are innate with. A somewhat smaller apportionment (35%) believes it is usually how some
people cite to live, and a minority (13%) thinks it develops since of the
way people are brought up. About one-in-ten Americans (11%) are uncertain whether
homosexuality is inborn, a outcome of upbringing or a personal
preference. 

Six
years ago, opinions were some-more uniformly divided, with 36% of a open saying
people are innate homosexual, and 38% observant that it is usually how some people
prefer to live. Three years earlier, in 2003, a comparison of a open (42%)
believed that homosexuality was a personal preference. At that time
three-in-ten people (30%) felt that homosexuality was something people were
born with. In a duration between 2003 and 2012, a commission saying
homosexuality is something that develops since of people’s upbringing has
remained sincerely fast (13% now, 14% in 2003).

A
plurality of whites (46%) trust that homosexuality is something people are
born with, about one-in-ten (12%) trust it is associated to upbringing, and one
third (32%) trust it is usually how some people cite to live.

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Hispanics
are uniformly divided on either homosexuality is something people are innate with
(38%) or is usually how some people cite to live (39%), with usually a minority
(14%) observant it is associated to upbringing.

Blacks
are distant some-more expected than whites to contend that homosexuality is how some people
prefer to live (51% vs. 32% of whites). Just 19% of blacks contend homosexuality is
something people are innate with, compared with 46% of whites.

While
young people are some-more understanding of happy matrimony than are comparison Americans, they
are not any some-more expected to contend that homosexuality is something that people are
born with. Roughly four-in-ten opposite age groups, including 40% of those
younger than 30, contend that homosexuality is something that people are innate with.

About
half of white evangelicals (49%) trust that homosexuality is a personal
preference, 24% contend it is something that people are innate with and 19% consider it
is associated to upbringing. Among black Protestants, about half (54%) say
homosexuality is a personal preference, 18% contend it is inborn, and 21% contend it is
linked to upbringing. 

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Among many other eremite groups, a prevalent perspective is that homosexuality is
something that people are innate with. This opinion is generally common among
atheists and agnostics, 70% of whom contend that homosexuality is something that people
are innate with.

Can Homosexuality Be Changed? 

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About
half of Americans (51%) contend that a happy or lesbian person’s passionate orientation
cannot be changed. Fewer (36%) consider that a happy person’s passionate course is
something that can be changed.

Six
years ago, four-in-ten people (39%) pronounced that homosexuality can be changed, and
about half (49%) pronounced it can’t be changed. In 2003, a open was evenly
divided, with 42% reporting that homosexuality can be altered and 42% observant it
can’t be changed.

Slightly
more than half of whites consider that homosexuality can’t be altered (55%). Far
fewer whites (32%) trust it can be changed.

The
more common perspective among blacks (54%) is that it can be changed, with fewer (36%)
saying that it can't be changed. Hispanics are uniformly divided on a issue, with
42% observant it can be changed, and 43% observant it cannot.

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By
a domain of two-to-one, Democrats contend a happy person’s passionate course cannot
be altered (61% to 30%); three-quarters of magnanimous Democrats reason that view, as
do about half (52%) of regressive and assuage Democrats.

Republicans
are uniformly divided, with 45% observant that a happy person’s passionate course can
be altered and 44% observant it cannot. About half of regressive Republicans
(52%) contend change is possible, compared with 31% of assuage and liberal
Republicans.

The
view that homosexuality can be altered is hold by about half of white
evangelicals (52%). Far fewer (35%) consider it cannot. Similarly, a infancy of
black Protestants (58%), contend homosexuality can be altered and usually one-in-three
(33%) contend it can't be changed.

The
view that homosexuality can't be altered is many common among white mainline Protestants
and people who are non-believer or agnostic. Among white mainline Protestants, 19%
think that homosexuality can be changed, and 70% contend it can't be changed.
Among atheists or agnostics, 17% contend homosexuality can be altered and 76% say
it is a bound trait.

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Among
people who contend sacrament is really critical in their lives, somewhat reduction than
half (46%) contend that homosexuality can be changed. Among those who contend religion
is reduction important, a change of opinion is reversed. Fully two-thirds (68%)
say it can't be changed, while usually 23% consider it can be changed.

Among
people who attend eremite services during slightest weekly, about half (52%) say
homosexuality can be changed. Far fewer weekly attenders (34%) contend it can't be
changed. By contrast, 60% of people who attend eremite services reduction than
weekly contend that homosexuality can't be changed, while 27% contend it can be
changed.

Gay Marriage and Views of
Homosexuality
 

Opinions
about happy matrimony are closely associated to views about a inlet of homosexuality.
Fully three-quarters (76%) of people who trust homosexuality is something
people are innate with welfare permitting gays and lesbians to marry legally. By
contrast, many people who trust homosexuality is something associated to a
person’s upbringing or who see it as a personal welfare contend happy marriage
should not be legal.

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The
pattern is identical when it comes to either homosexuality can be changed. Among
the 51% of Americans who contend a happy or lesbian person’s passionate orientation
cannot be changed, many support happy marriage, by a 69% to 26% margin. Among the
36% who contend homosexuality can be changed, many conflict happy marriage, by a 65% to
26% margin.

Over
the past 6 years, support for happy matrimony has risen among those who say
homosexuality is something some people are innate with (from 59% to 76%) and
among those who contend it is something associated to a person’s upbringing (from 12%
to 25%). There has been no poignant change among those who contend homosexuality
is a preference.

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