Marriage equality has record high support

(Graphic from Gallup)

A new Gallup poll found that support for marriage equality is at 70%, a record high.

Gallup said that the figure is an increase of 10 points since the 2015 Supreme Court ruling saying all states had to recognize same-sex marriage.

The polling organization first asked about marriage equality support in 1996, when only 27% of Americans supported it. It reached a majority in 2011. When Obergefell v. Hodges was decided, support was at 60%.

Even a small majority of Republicans support marriage equality at 55%. According to Gallup, this is the first time a majority of Republicans have voiced support. Independent voters rose to 73%, a little higher than the past. Democratic support actually remained stable at 83%.

All age groups had majority support as well, but with generational differences. The poll found that 84% of young adults, 72% of middle-aged adults, and 60% of older adults said they favor same-sex marriage.

“Once opponents of legalization, Republicans have mostly come to back it,” Gallup said in a statement. “Court and legislative challenges to the legal status of same-sex marriage have simmered down since the Supreme Court issued its decision. Meanwhile, older U.S. adults, who were once holdouts in support for gay marriage, now come down on the same side of the issue as young adults.”