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posted Friday, December 21, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 51

East meets West - Support for same-sex marriage strongest on the coasts
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Recently, USA Today conducted an analysis of Gallup polls over the past decade to show that backing for same-sex marriage has increased across the board, in every age group and in almost every region.

Support remains strongest among young adults and on the East and West coasts.

To create samples large enough to analyze with confidence, USA Today combined five polls taken in 2005-09 and another five taken in 2010-12 to see where support had shifted.

By age group: Support grew among young and old. It increased by six percentage points among the most skeptical age group, 70 and older, to 29%. The biggest jump came among those 30 to 49 years old, whose support grew by 12 points, to 57%.

By region: Support was steady in New England, at 58%, a level now matched on the Pacific Coast, where support has increased by nine points. The biggest increases were in the Plains states (by 15 points, to 47%), in the Great Lakes (by 12 points, to 50%) and in the mid-Atlantic region (by 11 points, to 57%).

Support remains lowest in the South, but increases were seen there as well. In the Southeast, backing for Gay marriage grew by 10 points, to 41%. In the Southwest, it was up seven points, to 40%.



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