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Same-sex marriage (Demographic Patterns)

Homosexual couples should have the right to marry one another. Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Same-sex marriage by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Strongly agree39.2%
224
26.0%
224
20.1%
180
17.7%
103
7.4%
15

2
24.0%
746
Agree26.8%
153
28.9%
249
24.5%
219
23.4%
136
23.0%
47

7
25.8%
804
Neither agree nor disagree13.7%
78
10.5%
90
10.6%
95
9.3%
54
9.8%
20

3
10.8%
337
Disagree7.7%
44
12.2%
105
16.7%
149
17.4%
101
22.5%
46

3
14.3%
445
Strongly disagree11.2%
64
20.9%
180
26.4%
236
31.6%
184
34.3%
70

9
23.6%
734
Can't choose0.7%
4
1.0%
9
0.8%
7
0.5%
3
0.5%
1

2
0.8%
24
No answer0.7%
4
0.5%
4
0.9%
8
0.2%
1
2.5%
5

0
0.7%
22
Missing36946243329211101667
TOTAL 100.0%
571
100.0%
861
100.0%
894
100.0%
582
100.0%
204

26

3112



Same-sex marriage by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Strongly agree34.9%
336
34.9%
144
25.3%
85
21.3%
100
8.1%
10
9.1%
74

0
24.0%
749
Agree28.5%
275
31.7%
131
27.1%
91
27.2%
128
25.0%
31
18.8%
153

2
25.9%
809
Neither agree nor disagree11.0%
106
10.4%
43
10.4%
35
12.1%
57
10.5%
13
10.3%
84

1
10.8%
338
Disagree11.0%
106
9.7%
40
14.6%
49
13.8%
65
25.8%
32
19.0%
155

1
14.3%
447
Strongly disagree13.8%
133
13.1%
54
21.4%
72
22.3%
105
29.8%
37
41.0%
334

7
23.6%
735
Can't choose0.5%
5
0.2%
1
0.6%
2
1.5%
7
0.8%
1
0.9%
7

2
0.7%
23
No answer0.3%
3
0.0%
0
0.6%
2
1.7%
8
0.0%
0
0.9%
7

1
0.6%
20
Missing5512271562586142901682
TOTAL 100.0%
964
100.0%
413
100.0%
336
100.0%
470
100.0%
124
100.0%
814

14

3121



Same-sex marriage by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Strongly agree51.7%
246
40.9%
135
22.4%
255
13.3%
58
6.2%
39

16
24.4%
733
Agree27.3%
130
28.2%
93
31.3%
356
27.2%
119
15.3%
96

17
26.4%
794
Neither agree nor disagree4.6%
22
6.7%
22
15.3%
174
13.5%
59
8.3%
52

10
10.9%
329
Disagree6.5%
31
11.2%
37
12.1%
137
19.5%
85
20.6%
129

28
13.9%
419
Strongly disagree8.8%
42
12.4%
41
17.3%
197
25.6%
112
48.0%
301

48
23.1%
693
Can't choose0.6%
3
0.0%
0
0.8%
9
0.7%
3
1.0%
6

5
0.7%
21
No answer0.4%
2
0.6%
2
0.7%
8
0.2%
1
0.6%
4

5
0.6%
17
Missing27021161426027201627
TOTAL 100.0%
476
100.0%
330
100.0%
1136
100.0%
437
100.0%
627

129

3006



Same-sex marriage by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Strongly agree24.7%
579
17.5%
83
27.3%
86
23.9%
748
Agree26.1%
613
24.7%
117
26.0%
82
25.9%
812
Neither agree nor disagree9.7%
227
12.9%
61
16.2%
51
10.8%
339
Disagree14.5%
341
16.5%
78
8.9%
28
14.3%
447
Strongly disagree23.5%
552
26.6%
126
20.3%
64
23.7%
742
Can't choose0.8%
19
0.4%
2
1.3%
4
0.8%
25
No answer0.6%
15
1.5%
7
0.0%
0
0.7%
22
Missing12852291691683
TOTAL 100.0%
2346
100.0%
474
100.0%
315

3135



Same-sex marriage by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly agree14.3%
210
25.5%
190
39.3%
24
45.3%
266
20.1%
54

4
23.8%
744
Agree23.3%
342
30.4%
227
41.0%
25
26.6%
156
23.1%
62

1
26.0%
812
Neither agree nor disagree9.8%
144
12.5%
93
3.3%
2
10.2%
60
14.9%
40

1
10.8%
339
Disagree18.8%
276
11.5%
86
4.9%
3
8.0%
47
13.1%
35

2
14.3%
447
Strongly disagree32.1%
470
18.5%
138
9.8%
6
9.4%
55
26.9%
72

1
23.7%
741
Can't choose0.6%
9
1.2%
9
1.6%
1
0.3%
2
1.5%
4

0
0.8%
25
No answer1.0%
15
0.4%
3
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.4%
1

1
0.6%
20
Missing7593853037213301679
TOTAL 100.0%
1466
100.0%
746
100.0%
61
100.0%
587
100.0%
268

10

3128



Same-sex marriage by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Strongly agree20.5%
295
26.7%
453
23.8%
748
Agree25.2%
362
26.4%
449
25.9%
811
Neither agree nor disagree10.2%
146
11.4%
194
10.8%
340
Disagree15.1%
217
13.6%
231
14.3%
448
Strongly disagree27.7%
399
20.2%
343
23.7%
742
Can't choose0.9%
13
0.8%
13
0.8%
26
No answer0.4%
6
0.9%
16
0.7%
22
Missing7928911683
TOTAL 100.0%
1438
100.0%
1699

3137



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.




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