clock menu more-arrow no yes

5 percent of Americans decided to start supporting same-sex marriage this year

Good job, America!
Good job, America!
Lisa F. Young via Shutterstock

Public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted remarkably quickly — twice as many Americans supported it in 2014 as in 1996. And a new Gallup poll shows it's gaining even more momentum.

Support for same-sex marriage rose 5 percentage points in just one year, from 55 percent in 2014 to 60 percent now.

gay marriage poll 2015

(Gallup)

Much of the upswing is among self-described independents or Republicans. Democratic support for same-sex marriage only went up 2 percentage points from 2014 to 2015, but independent support jumped 6 percentage points — and Republican support jumped 7 percentage points.

gay marriage poll republicans 2015

(Gallup)

Sign up for the newsletter The Weeds

Understand how policy impacts people. Delivered Fridays.