Survey on the legalization of same-sex marriages in the U.S. 1996 to 2019

This survey shows the opinion on legalization of same-sex marriages in the United States from 1996 to 2019. In 1996, 27 percent of respondents agreed that same-sex marriages should be recognized by law as valid with the same rights as traditional marriages, while 68 percent of respondents opposed this notion. In 2019, 63 percent state that same-sex marriages should be recognized as valid, while only 36 percent do not agree.

Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by law as valid?

Should be validShould not be valid
201963%36%
201867%31%
201764%34%
201661%37%
201560%37%
201455%42%
201354%43%
201250%48%
201153%45%
201044%53%
200940%57%
200840%56%
200746%53%
200642%56%
200537%59%
200442%55%
199935%62%
199627%68%
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Source

Release date

May 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

1996 to 2019

Number of respondents

1,009*

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

According to the source: "Trend shown for polls in which same-sex marriage question followed questions on gay/lesbian rights and relations."

Missing percentage points to 100 percent are due to share of respondents stating "no opinion".

The original question posed at the source was: "Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?"

1996 to 2006 wording: "Do you think marriages between homosexuals..."

In 2019. The source does not provide the exact number of respondents for earlier year.

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