NBC News/WSJ Poll: 57% Want Supreme Court to Legalize Gay Marriage

by Mark Murray /  / Updated 
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Protesters hold pro-gay rights flags outside the US Supreme Court on April 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court meets to hear arguments whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)Olivier Douliery / Getty Images

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Ahead of an upcoming Supreme Court decision, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that nearly six-in-10 Americans -- 57 percent -- want the court to rule that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

Thirty-seven percent oppose such ruling.

This finding is essentially unchanged from an April 2015 NBC/WSJ poll, when the split was 58 percent favor/37 percent oppose.

There's a clear difference by party in the current poll: 74 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of independents favor the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage, versus just 33 percent of Republicans.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted June 14-18 of 1,000 adults (nearly 400 via cell phone), and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.1 percentage points.

See the full poll results here.

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