I'm surprised that the numbers were this high, but here's what CNN found:
37. Do you think gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid? (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE. RESULTS BASED ON 513 INTERVIEWS IN VERSION A -- SAMPLING ERROR: +/-4.5 PERCENTAGE POINTS.)
|Aug. 6-10, 2010||May 14-17, 2009 |
37A. Do you think gays and lesbians should have a constitutional right to get married and have their marriage recognized by law as valid? (ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE. RESULTS BASED ON 496 INTERVIEWS IN VERSION B -- SAMPLING ERROR: +/-4.5 PERCENTAGE POINTS.)
|Aug. 6-10, 2010|
The numbers in 2009 were generally in the low-40's and we're living in some fast times now so they'll probably keep on going in the same direction.
Here's a bit more on the demographic break-down:
The gap widens dramatically when age is taken into account. Nearly six in ten Americans under the age of 50 say gay rights are protected under the Constitution. Only 38 percent of Americans over the age of 50 say the same thing.
"This is one of the few instances when independents side with one party rather than falling in between the Dems and the GOP," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "56 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Independents think the Constitution conveys the right to marry to same-sex couples. Only a quarter of all Republicans agree."
More troubling, though, is that the same poll found 49% of Americans want a Constitutional Amendment to stop making everyone born in America a citizen. People aren't becoming more open, generally, but they are caring less about the standard moral majority issues and caring more about finding someone to blame for the economy falling apart. Too bad they're just going to blame people of color instead of the real culprits.