Support for same-sex marriage dips 4 points from 2018 high: Gallup

The majority of respondents in a new Gallup poll who say same-sex marriage should be legal has dipped 4 points from an all-time high recorded in 2018.

Sixty-three percent of Americans polled now say that same-sex marriage should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. The same percentage consider gay relations to be morally acceptable.


That percentage dropped from the 67 percent recorded in 2018, but remains on par with the 64 percent to 67 percent recorded since 2017, Gallup noted.

Support for same-sex marriage remains more than twice as high as when it was first polled in 1996, when just over a quarter of Americans said it should be legal.

The majorities of most groups support gay marriage with a few exceptions. Only 47 percent of adults aged 65 and older and 44 percent of Republicans support gay marriage, according to the new poll.

Support for same-sex couples surged after former President Obama became the first president to come out in support of their marriage in 2012, Gallup noted. The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide with the Obergefell v. Hodges decision in 2015.

The Gallup poll of 1,009 adults was conducted between May 1-12. Its margin of error is 4 percentage points.