By: Shannon Ralph
So who of you out there would like to hear some good news for a change? After listening to weeks’ of debt ceiling crisis debate and the “Hell No” Tea Partiers’s refusal to compromise on even a single miniscule agenda point and Michelle Bachmann’s inaccurate and dangerous interpretations of…well…everything, I am ready for some good news to lift my spirits. It was in search of positive news that I came across a new bi-partisan study confirming that for the first time, support for gay marriage generally outweighs opposition. And even better, the rate of increase in support is startling.
According to the study conducted by Republican Dr. Jan van Lohuisen of Voter Consumer Research and Democrat Joel Benenson who was the lead pollster and senior strategist for Obama’s presidential campaign, the rate of increase in support of gay marriage is accelerating at never-before-seen rates. Between 1996 and 2009, the rate of increase in support for gay marriage was less than 1 percent. In 2010 and 2011, the rate of increase was a whopping 5 percent.
Also notable in the study is the age demographic break-up of support. An unprecedented 68 percent of 18-29 year-olds support gay marriage (up 11 points since 2005). Older adults still generally oppose marriage equality. However, even their numbers are climbing. In 2005, a mere 18 percent of adults 65 and older supported gay marriage. Today, that number has climbed to 33 percent.
“Even where anti-gay ballot measures succeed at the time, the net result is that people are prompted into these conversations,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “The more people talk about this, the more they move into support of the freedom to marry.”
See…I told you it was good news.
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