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posted Friday, March 14 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 11
GOP millennials support same-sex marriage, new poll says
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GOP millennials support same-sex marriage, new poll says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican millennials - those under 30 - overwhelmingly support same-sex marriage, a new Pew Research poll says.

In fact, they are more than twice as likely to support marriage equality as Republicans over 50. Some 61% of Republican millennials said they approve of same-sex marriage, but only 27% of older Republicans agree.

That puts the young generation of Republicans ahead of the country as a whole. According to Pew, 54% of the general public favor marriage equality, an all-time high in their surveys. Other recent polls have put the pro-equality number as high as 60%.

The youngest Republicans are also fine with Gay and Lesbian couples starting families. Only 18% of Republicans under 30 said same-sex adoptions would be 'a bad thing.' In contrast, half the Republicans aged 31-64 viewed child-rearing by same-sex couples negatively. Among Republicans 65 and over, the number jumped to 66%.

Pew surveyed 1,821 adults nationwide, including 617 millennials, from February 14-23.

While the new poll suggests that young Republicans share many of the social views of others in their generation, regardless of party affiliation, the effect of their liberal opinions on the Republican Party may be limited. There simply may not be enough Republican millennials to influence the policies of the party.

Pew found that most millennials do not identify with either of the major political parties, but do tend to vote heavily Democratic. Half identify themselves as Independents, and 27% as Democrats.

Only 31% of millennials agreed that 'there is a great deal of difference between the Republican and Democratic parties.' More people in older generations, including 58% of people ages 69 to 86, say there are big differences between the two major parties.

At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) gathering, a panel on Republican outreach to minority voters was only sparsely attended and did not even mention LGBT voters.

'Much to my dismay, there was not a single mention of even the word gay, much less LGBT, in a far broader discussion of basically every other minority community that the conservative movement needs to do conservative outreach for,' Log Cabin Republicans President Gregory T. Angelo told the Huffington Post. 'In my opinion, the silence was deafening on that front.'

According to the National Journal, most of the relatively few panel attendees were under 25, but their attitude towards LGBT issues was 'more indifferent than anything.'

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