Survey on the legalization of same-sex marriages in the U.S. 1996 to 2018

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

Survey on the legalization of same-sex marriages in the U.S. 1996 to 2018 This survey shows the opinion on legalization of same-sex marriages in the United States from 1996 to 2018. 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 2018, 67 percent state that same-sex marriages should be recognized as valid, while only 31 percent do not agree.
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Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should be recognized by law as valid?

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Should be validShould not be valid
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%
Should be validShould not be valid
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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This survey shows the opinion on legalization of same-sex marriages in the United States from 1996 to 2018. 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 2018, 67 percent state that same-sex marriages should be recognized as valid, while only 31 percent do not agree.
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Release date
May 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
1996 to 2018
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 2018. The source does not provide the exact number of respondents for earlier year.
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