Support for gay marriage is higher than ever, according to a poll made public Wednesday.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal “social trends” poll showed that in 2004, only 30 percent of people thought gay people should be allowed to marry. That number went up to 51 percent in 2012, and is now double what it was in 2004, with 60 percent of people indicating that they support same-sex marriage as of Aug. 2017.
Those who are most educated, live in the Northeast, and are between the ages of 18 and 34, showed the highest support for gay marriage, according to a breakdown by NBC News. Men were also slightly more supportive of the practice than women, and whites people were 9 percentage points more supportive of gay marriage than black people.
Survey respondents also indicated that they collectively felt political beliefs as well as beliefs about the income gap were more than ten times as likely to cause friction than beliefs about gender.
Gun rights, environmental issues, and immigration were also ranked as roughly three times more important than gender equality and gay rights issues.
The poll was conducted Aug. 5-9 of 1,200 adults, of whom approximately half were interviewed over the phone. The poll has a margin of error of roughly 2.8 percentage points.
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