Examining Variation in Surveying Attitudes on Same-Sex Marriage: A Meta-Analysis

By Andrew R. Flores
June 2015

Most recent polls show that a majority of the U.S. supports legalizing marriage for same-sex couples. But some polls still report less than a majority in favor. Our public opinion and policy fellow Andrew Flores explored this variation and found that the difference is in how you frame it. Questions that focused on the issue of “same-sex marriage” garnered less support than questions on the legal recognition of marriages for same-sex couples. Even after accounting for this difference, the change in Americans’ attitudes on same-sex marriage is still large and significant.

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