Americans becoming more supportive of Gay Marriage

BALTIMORE - American opposition to same-sex marriage is steadily declining. A new Pew Research poll recently found that in 2011, 46 percent of Americans opposed same-sex marriage, as opposed to 57 percent in 2001.

Forty-five percent of Americans now favor same-sex marriage, as opposed to 35 percent in 2001.

What impacts our attitude on the subject?

The study found that age, religion, and politics all played a role.

Read on to see how each impacted people's belief on the topic.

Age-based attitudes
The change in attitude is partly due to generational changes. Younger generations tend to express higher levels of support for same-sex marriage.

Younger Americans progressively support same sex-same marriage more than the generation before them.

Millennials, or people born after 1981, are twice as likely as the Silent Generation, people born between 1928-1945, to support same-sex marriage.

Religious-based attitudes
Same-sax marriage support among religiously unaffiliated people is consistently higher than among all groups of religiously affiliated.

However, Catholics and mainline Protestants are growing in support, while support among White evangelical Protestants has actually dropped a percentage point in the last 10 years.

Politically-based attitudes
Democrats continue to be more supportive of same-sex marriage with 57 percent in favor compared to 51 percent of Independents and 23 percent of Republicans.

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