Over the past eight years support for equal marriage has grown in all 50 US states by an average of 13.6%, a new poll has found.
The poll was published by the UCLA’s Williams Institute, and was titled Public Support for Marriage for Same-Sex Couples by State.
It looked at each state individually and examined their stance on the legal issue of same-sex marriage, as well as considering the overall change in public opinion since 2004.
Over the eight years, all US states have increased in its support for equal marriage, with the average increase being 13.6%. Thirteen states are within 5% of having a majority in favour of equal marriage.
By the end of 2012, 12 states and the District of Columbia had support for equal marriage at or above 50%. Of these 12 states, all currently perform marriages, civil unions, or domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.
Projecting forward, if these trends continue, eight more US states will have over 50% support for marriage equality by the end of 2014.
The poll’s researchers, however, pointed towards a “notable disparity” between states, a press release from the Wiliams Institute said.
Earlier in March, a survey conducted in the US revealed support for same-sex marriage had grown overall to be a “mirror image” of ten years ago, with the majority now in favour of legalisation and many calling for a nationwide law.
This was the second day of hearings, as Tuesday the court heard arguments around Proposition 8, the state of California’s ban on equal marriage. Then the justices questioned the meaning of marriage, and challenged arguments for the ban.
A decision by the Supreme Court in both cases is expected by the end of June.