Courtesy of NewsMax
Roman Catholic voters are more accepting of gay marriage than are other Americans, according to a poll released Wednesday.
While same-sex unions are approved by 48 percent to 46 percent overall, Catholics give them the thumbs-up by 49 percent to 43 percent, the survey from Quinnipiac University found.
“It seems pretty clear that attitudes toward same-sex marriage in American society are changing rapidly,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Connecticut university’s polling institute.
“While the country remains split on the issue, supporters have come pretty far in the last four years.”
The poll found that men in particular have shifted their position. Four years ago they opposed gay marriage by 61 percent to 31 percent. That figure is now down to 50 percent opposition and 43 percent support. Women now back gay marriage by 52 percent to 42 percent.
The biggest opposition among any group is with white Protestants, who oppose it 63 percent to 32 percent.
The survey also found that support for legalizing marijuana is gaining ground, with a huge age gap. Voters younger than 30 support legalization by more than 2-1 — 67 percent to 29 percent — while seniors oppose it by 56 percent to 35 percent.
“It seems likely that given the better than 2-1 majority among younger voters, legalization is just a matter of time,” said Brown.
Women oppose legalization by 52 percent to 44 percent, but men support it by 59 percent to 36 percent.