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Same-sex marriage (Demographic Patterns)

Homosexual couples should have the right to marry one another. Results weighted by WTCOMBNR (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Same-sex marriage by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Strongly agree16.3%
244
21.9%
375
19.2%
619
Agree23.6%
354
24.5%
420
24.1%
774
Neither agree nor disagree12.8%
192
13.4%
230
13.1%
422
Disagree17.3%
260
15.0%
258
16.1%
518
Strongly disagree28.8%
433
24.0%
411
26.2%
844
Cant choose0.9%
14
0.9%
16
0.9%
30
No answer0.3%
4
0.3%
6
0.3%
10
Missing7579271684
TOTAL 100.0%
1501
100.0%
1716

3217



Same-sex marriage by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeConservativeExtremely conservativeMissingTOTAL
Strongly agree44.8%
229
26.0%
99
16.4%
186
12.2%
52
7.4%
40
3.1%
4

9
19.5%
610
Agree26.0%
133
33.1%
126
28.4%
322
19.7%
84
13.6%
74
12.4%
16

20
24.2%
755
Neither agree nor disagree10.0%
51
12.6%
48
15.8%
179
15.5%
66
9.6%
52
4.7%
6

21
12.9%
402
Disagree8.4%
43
11.5%
44
14.8%
167
22.1%
94
24.5%
133
19.4%
25

11
16.2%
506
Strongly disagree10.2%
52
14.4%
55
23.2%
263
30.3%
129
43.5%
236
59.7%
77

32
26.0%
812
Cant choose0.4%
2
1.6%
6
1.1%
12
0.2%
1
1.1%
6
0.8%
1

3
0.9%
28
No answer0.2%
1
0.8%
3
0.3%
3
0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.0%
0

0
0.3%
9
Missing2672175922432526401635
TOTAL 100.0%
511
100.0%
381
100.0%
1132
100.0%
426
100.0%
543
100.0%
129

96

3122



Same-sex marriage by Age


18 to 29 years old30 to 44 years old45 to 59 years old60 to 74 years old75 years or olderMissingTOTAL
Strongly agree30.3%
179
21.5%
185
16.6%
157
14.4%
80
5.5%
13

5
19.3%
614
Agree31.4%
185
25.0%
215
23.1%
219
21.5%
119
13.9%
33

2
24.2%
771
Neither agree nor disagree16.1%
95
14.7%
126
10.2%
97
11.7%
65
14.8%
35

4
13.1%
418
Disagree10.3%
61
14.1%
121
18.9%
179
17.3%
96
24.5%
58

2
16.2%
515
Strongly disagree11.4%
67
23.4%
201
30.7%
291
33.2%
184
39.2%
93

9
26.2%
836
Cant choose0.5%
3
0.9%
8
0.4%
4
1.4%
8
1.7%
4

2
0.8%
27
No answer0.0%
0
0.5%
4
0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.4%
1

2
0.2%
7
Missing37844246227210601660
TOTAL 100.0%
590
100.0%
860
100.0%
947
100.0%
554
100.0%
237

26

3188



Same-sex marriage by Region


NortheastMidwestSouthWestMissingTOTAL
Strongly agree22.3%
117
20.9%
144
13.9%
174
24.7%
184

0
19.3%
619
Agree31.8%
167
24.2%
167
21.5%
269
22.9%
171

0
24.1%
774
Neither agree nor disagree12.0%
63
10.9%
75
13.8%
173
14.6%
109

1
13.1%
420
Disagree14.5%
76
14.9%
103
18.8%
236
13.7%
102

0
16.1%
517
Strongly disagree17.3%
91
28.3%
195
31.0%
388
22.8%
170

0
26.3%
844
Cant choose1.5%
8
0.7%
5
0.7%
9
1.1%
8

0
0.9%
30
No answer0.6%
3
0.1%
1
0.3%
4
0.3%
2

0
0.3%
10
Missing31836262238101683
TOTAL 100.0%
525
100.0%
690
100.0%
1253
100.0%
746

1

3214



Same-sex marriage by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly agree12.1%
190
18.8%
151
47.5%
29
36.6%
191
22.0%
53

6
19.2%
614
Agree19.0%
298
30.3%
244
23.0%
14
29.7%
155
25.7%
62

0
24.2%
773
Neither agree nor disagree12.2%
191
14.5%
117
14.8%
9
12.1%
63
13.3%
32

11
12.9%
412
Disagree19.1%
299
16.3%
131
3.3%
2
10.3%
54
12.9%
31

0
16.2%
517
Strongly disagree36.4%
571
18.9%
152
11.5%
7
9.8%
51
25.3%
61

3
26.3%
842
Cant choose1.0%
15
0.7%
6
0.0%
0
1.1%
6
0.8%
2

1
0.9%
29
No answer0.3%
4
0.5%
4
0.0%
0
0.4%
2
0.0%
0

0
0.3%
10
Missing7684403228714301670
TOTAL 100.0%
1568
100.0%
805
100.0%
61
100.0%
522
100.0%
241

21

3197



Same-sex marriage by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Strongly agree21.2%
522
10.7%
45
15.6%
53
19.3%
620
Agree24.1%
592
19.9%
84
28.8%
98
24.0%
774
Neither agree nor disagree11.5%
283
13.7%
58
24.1%
82
13.1%
423
Disagree15.3%
377
20.9%
88
15.6%
53
16.1%
518
Strongly disagree26.9%
660
32.9%
139
13.2%
45
26.2%
844
Cant choose0.7%
16
1.7%
7
2.1%
7
0.9%
30
No answer0.3%
7
0.2%
1
0.6%
2
0.3%
10
Missing12692401741683
TOTAL 100.0%
2457
100.0%
422
100.0%
340

3219



Same-sex marriage by Church attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekOnce a week or moreMissingTOTAL
Strongly agree29.3%
270
23.7%
103
25.2%
88
13.9%
74
13.4%
16
9.1%
55

11
20.5%
606
Agree27.7%
255
28.6%
124
24.4%
85
28.9%
154
23.5%
28
15.9%
96

32
25.1%
742
Neither agree nor disagree13.2%
121
17.7%
77
13.8%
48
11.5%
61
19.3%
23
11.9%
72

21
13.6%
402
Disagree12.8%
118
12.7%
55
16.9%
59
15.8%
84
14.3%
17
23.7%
143

42
16.1%
476
Strongly disagree15.5%
143
16.6%
72
18.9%
66
28.8%
153
28.6%
34
37.8%
228

148
23.5%
696
Cant choose1.1%
10
0.2%
1
0.9%
3
0.9%
5
0.8%
1
1.0%
6

3
0.9%
26
No answer0.3%
3
0.5%
2
0.0%
0
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.5%
3

0
0.3%
9
Missing4952501612518931001556
TOTAL 100.0%
920
100.0%
434
100.0%
349
100.0%
532
100.0%
119
100.0%
603

257

2957



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 2010 GSS. There are a total of 4,901 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.