As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments for and against same-sex marriage next month, a new survey has found that support for marriage equality in the U.S. is at an all-time high.
1,000 people participated in the survey, which was conducted by Democrat Fred Yang and Republican Bill McInturff earlier this month. Pollsters found that 59 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. That’s nearly double the support reported back in 2004, when only 30 percent of Americans said they supported it.
The breakdown of just who supports gay marriage is also interesting.
Pollsters found that support has grown significantly among Hispanics, women, and people without college degrees. Opposition among conservatives has also diminished, with 35 percent of conservatives in favor of gay marriage, up from 26 percent in 2013. And among Republicans, 40 percent reported support, up from to 27 percent two years ago.
It’s no surprise that Democrats and people ages 18-34 polled the highest in favor for gay marriage, with 74 percent saying they believed marriage equality ought to be the law of the land.
The nine justices are expected to hear oral arguments in April and deliver a ruling by June. If they side with the majority of Americans, gay marriage will most likely be made legal in every state.
Let the countdown begin.