A majority of Republican voters indicated that they support same-sex marriage for the first time according to the results of a Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) poll released Tuesday.
PRRI conducted 50,334 bilingual telephone interviews between Jan. 7, 2020, and Dec. 20, 2020, according to the study. They asked respondents their views regarding not just same-sex marriage, but also other nondiscrimination laws against LGBT people.
At 47 percent, less than half of self-identified Republicans endorsed same-sex marriage in 2019, but in 2020 that number increased to 51 percent.
As PRRI reported:
For the first time, in 2020, a slim majority of Republicans (51%) support allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, up from 47% support in 2019. Independents are also at a new high point, with 72% support, up from the mid-60s in the past few years. More than three in four Democrats (76%) support same-sex marriage, up from 70% in 2019 but similar to 77% in 2018.
Many religious respondents remain opposed to what the study described as “pro-LGBTQ policies,” however. As PRRI pointed out, the average demographic of those “who are completely against pro-LGBTQ policies are older, more likely to be Republicans, feel more favorably toward former president Donald Trump, and are more likely to be white and white Christian than the American population and those who are in favor of these pro-LGBTQ policies.”
Even among religious people, however, the rate of support for LGBT policies is greater among younger people. According to the study results:
Younger members of religious groups who are under age 50 are more likely than their older counterparts to favor LGBT nondiscrimination laws. The gap is larger among white evangelical Protestants (73% of those under age 50, 56% of those over age 50), other Protestants of color (80% of those under age 50, 61% of those over age 50), Black Protestants (80% of those under age 50, 66% of those over age 50), and white mainline Protestants (88% of those under age 50, 75% of those over age 50). The gap is around eleven percentage points or less among white Catholics (83% of those under age 50, 72% of those over age 50), Hispanic Protestants (71% of those under age 50, 62% of those over age 50), Hispanic Catholics (84% of those under age 50, 75% of those over age 50), and religiously unaffiliated Americans (86% of those under age 50, 76% of those over age 50).
The number of people who self-identify as LGBT has skyrocketed among the younger generations recently, according to a recent Gallup poll.
As The Daily Wire reported on Feb. 24:
The number of Americans who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender has increased in recent years, especially among young people.
A Gallup poll released Wednesday discovered that self-identified LGBT people rose from an estimated 4.5 percent of the U.S. population in 2017 to 5.6 percent in 2021.
A bit more than 86 percent of those polled identified as straight and 7 percent did not answer the question regarding their sexual orientation. The number of people who did not want to answer the question is up from 5 percent in 2017.
Among those who identified as LGBT, more than half claimed they are bisexual (54.6 percent), 33 percent of whom are in opposite-sex relationships. Almost a quarter identify as gay at 24.5 percent, 11.7 identify as lesbian, and 11.3 percent claim to be transgender. Around 3.3 percent identify as some other type of sexuality, such as “queer” or “same-gender-loving.”
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