According to Gallup, this is the third time in a row that their poll has found a clear majority of Americans supporting marriage equality:
Fifty-three percent of Americans say the law should recognize same-sex marriages, the third consecutive reading of 50% or above in Gallup polling over the past year. The 53% in favor ties the high to this point, also measured last November and in May 2011.
Gallup’s May 2-7 poll suggests Americans’ support for gay marriage is solidifying above the majority level. Recently, Rhode Island and Delaware legalized same-sex marriage, and Minnesota is likely to follow suit. That would bring the total number of states legally recognizing same-sex marriage to 12.
Moreover, another Gallup poll shows the largest gap measured between those who believe people are born gay versus those who believe it’s a choice or a product of nurture:
Currently, 47% of Americans view being gay or lesbian as a sexual orientation individuals are born with, while 33% instead believe it is due to external factors such as upbringing or environment. That 14-percentage-point gap in favor of “nature” over “nurture” is the largest Gallup has measured to date. As recently as two years ago, the public was evenly divided.
It’s clear from all the polling data over the last year that majority support for marriage equality is here to stay, and will only grow. The trends are unmistakable, and now that we have both reached and passed the “tipping point,” our numbers will grow faster and faster. Seems to me that the staffers at NOM should update their resumes.