Does a majority of Americans really support gay marriage? Maybe not.
Does a majority of the country really support gay marriage?
As is often true in polling, it depends on how you ask the question.
A Gallup poll last week showed that 51 percent of Americans support gay marriage, but a CBS News/New York Times poll out today shows that only 38 percent support it.
The difference: Gallup gave voters just two options — support or oppose — while the CBS/NYT poll added a third, civil unions..
....When given that third choice, polls show that it draws significantly from both the pro-gay marriage and anti-gay marriage camps, but in the end, overall support for gay marriage drops well below a majority.
Mostly, though, it just shows how mushy the middle is on this issue. While there are certainly passionate supporters and opponents, there are just as many people who are lukewarm (as evidenced by a Gallup poll last week). And their responses are highly dependent on how the question is asked. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...7CPU_blog.html