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Record Percentage of Americans Supports Gay Marriage, Poll Finds

by Brooke Sopelsa /

The percentage of Americans who support same-sex marriage has reached a record high, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal "Social Trends" poll.

  Hector Mata / AFP/Getty Images

Sixty percent of those polled say they support same-sex marriage, which is up from 59 percent in 2015 and 53 percent in 2013. Thirty-three percent say they oppose same-sex marriage, with the remaining respondents saying either it “depends” or they are “not sure.”

Among the groups that showed the highest percentage of support were Northeasterners, young adults, Democrats, non-religious people and those with postgraduate degrees.

The groups that showed the highest level of opposition include Trump supporters, religious people, those living in rural areas and people over 65.

Here is a breakdown of some of the polling data, showing individual groups and the percentage of people within those groups who say they favor same-sex marriage:


Party Affiliation

Democrats: 77%

Independents: 59%

Republicans: 42%


2016 Voters

Trump Voters: 37%

Clinton Voters: 79%



Men: 61%

Women: 59%



18-34: 75%

35-49: 60%

50-64: 55%

65+: 42%



White: 60%

Total Non-White: 60%

African-American: 51%

Hispanic: 66%


Religious Attendance

Weekly: 37%

Monthly: 59%

Yearly: 70%

Never: 80%



Northeast: 70%

Midwest: 53%

South: 54%

West: 67%



Urban: 66%

Suburban: 61%

Rural: 47%



High School or Less: 48%

Some College: 61%

College Graduates: 68%

Postgraduates: 72%


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