Poll: Younger Republicans favor same-sex marriage by 61 percent

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Younger people have become strong proponents of allowing samesex marriage, but nowhere is the difference between young and old more dramatic than in Republicans.

In Republican and Republican-leaning people under 30, 61 percent say they are in favor of same-sex marriage, while 35 percent oppose it, according to the Pew Research Center.

In contrast, with Republican over 50, only 27 percent approve same sex marriage.

The generation gap illustrates changing societal attitudes framing the issue.

Overall, more than half the general public (54 percent) now say they are okay with letting gays and lesbians marry legally.

Like most other issues, there are stark differences between Republicans and Democrats; 69 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaning respondents favor same-sex marriage, and the acceptance rate among Republican and Republican-leaners is 39 percent.

When broken down by age, younger Democrats and Republicans are more in line, although Democrats still favor the issue more. Even Democrats aged 65 and older approve of same-sex marriage by a two-to-one margin.

Permissiveness also goes beyond the marriage question; 18 percent of Republicans 30 and under say “more gay and lesbian couples raising children” is bad for America, while 26 percent say it is good. The others (56 percent) say they are not sure or don’t know. Older Republicans generally think it is bad.

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