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US: Support for equal marriage increasing, according to latest polls

September 18, 2012

Two new national polls show that support for marriage equality in the US is steadily increasing.

It suggests the anti-equal marriage campaign could be losing steam with the number who back marriage equality now greatly outnumbering the detractors.

A CBS/New York Times poll found that of 1,300 respondents, many of whom are registered voters, 51-percent favour same-sex marriage. That’s an increase of 5% in two months.

As for the opponents, the figure is down from 44% to 41%, which means a 10-point margin between the two groups.

Meanwhile, an Associated Press poll shows more than 6 in 10 Americans believe in equalising benefits for same-sex couples, while half of its 1,000 participants support legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

AP notes that the number has not changed much since last year, but reports that in the past three years, support has gone from 46% to 53%.

Meanwhile, opposition to the measure has dropped from 53% to 42%.

More: Americas, AP, associated press, CBS, equal marriage, marriage equality, new york times poll, US, voters

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