A Gallup Poll on Tuesday shows Americans almost evenly divided on the question of same-sex marriage, with 50 percent of Americans saying such marriages should be recognized as legally valid and 48 percent saying they should not.
Support is actually down from a poll taken last year that found 53 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed. The poll marks the second time in Gallup’s history of tracking the question that at least half of Americans say they support legalizing same-sex marriage.
Sixty-five percent of the Democrats polled said that same-sex marriage should be legal, while only 22 percent of Republicans did so. Fifty-seven percent of independents support it.
The poll comes amid a debate on the issue started when Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday that he was “absolutely comfortable” with the concept, raising questions about President Obama's position. The poll was conducted May 3-6; Biden made his comments on the last day the poll was conducted.
Results for this Gallup Poll were based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,024 adults, age 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and in the District of Columbia.