How many more bipartisan polls will it take for hate groups like the National Organization against for Marriage to get it through their thick (literally) heads that a majority of folks nowadays actually support equality for all Americans? The latest poll in the salvo of support comes by word of a new bipartisan survey revealing that over the past 15 years, the American attitude has shifted to supporting same-sex marriage.
A Democratic polling firm, Benenson Strategy, and a Republican polling firm, Voter Consumer Research, combined forces for the new study.
Between 1996 and 2009, support for marriage equality rose at 1 percent constant rate annually. In 2010, an explosion of 5 percent of growth for equality support started that has continued through 2011.
Interestingly, it's America's aging population that is to blame for the surge of support. The bipartisan poll finds that since 2006, support for marriage equality has grown by a whopping 15 percent among seniors.
“The political center of gravity on the freedom to marry has shifted dramatically since 1996, when Congress first voted on the question, and it’s time for politicians and political advisers to catch up with the change," said Freedom to Marry President Evan Wolfson. "If the American people can go from 27% support in 1996 to 53% in 2011, with even stronger support among younger Americans across the political spectrum, so can those who seek to lead America and be on the right side of not just history, but politics.”
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