Age and partisanship are dividing lines on gay marriage

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A new New York Times/CBS News poll asked respondents a three-part question: whether same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry, or if they should be allowed to form civil unions but not marry, or if there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship.

“Nearly 4 in 10, 38 percent, said they should be allowed to marry, similar to recent surveys, but up significantly from just 2 in 10 who said so in 2004. Another 24 percent said same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions. But 1 in 3 said there should be no legal recognition at all of the relationships. In November 2004, 44 percent said same-sex relationships should not be legally recognized.”

“Age plays an important role, with younger Americans more apt to support same-sex marriage than older Americans. Political partisanship is a factor as well. A majority of Democrats and about 4 in 10 independents back same-sex marriage, while Republicans are far more likely to say there should be no legal recognition of the relationships, the poll found.”

Via The Political Wire.

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