With no fanfare or press conference from a gaggle of right-wing propagandists, the 2010 edition of the General Social Survey was released to the unwashed public (that would be me) this week. Coming on the heels of our recent Social Science Research article, the raw trend is quite an eye-popper. For the first time, a legitimate scientific survey is showing very clearly that the proportion of Americans who agree or strongly agree that same sex marriage should be legal exceeds the proportion who either oppose or strongly oppose marital rights. 46% of Americans favor civil rights, while 40% oppose civil rights, and the remainder just can’t seem to decide. Of course, this is an incredible shift from the first time the question was asked in 1988–when 73% of Americans opposed marital rights, but it is also a seismic change from 2004, when only 30% of Americans supported marriage rights for same sex couples, and 56% opposed civil rights. I’ll have more on this as I get to work updating all of my files…gee, who do you think opposes marriage rights in this day and age? Maybe Christianists?
Support for and Opposition to Same Sex Marriage: 1988-2010