Poll timeline: consistent public support for gay marriage


A Conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling ‘Stop!'” – William F. Buckley

Gay marriageOctober 2010:

58 per cent of the 1,001 respondents in Scotland said they were in favour of full marriage equality. Twenty-three per cent said they did not agree or disagree, while just 17 per cent were opposed.

November/December 2011:

70 per cent of Britons were in favour of allowing gay marriage.

March 2012:

45 per cent supported legalising gay marriage and 36 per cent opposed gay marriage, with 19 per cent of people saying they didn’t know.

March 2012:

“Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?”
“Gay couples should have an equal right to get married, not just to have civil partnerships”

65 per cent of people agreed, 27 per cent disagreed and 8 per cent said they didn’t know.

June 2012:

Seven in 10 members of the public backed gay marriage, rising to 82 per cent of those under 50. Among people of faith, support ran at 58 per cent.

December 2012:

Around three quarters (73 per cent) of British adults thought gay people should be allowed to get married while a quarter (24 per cent) did not want to allow gay marriage, according to an Ipsos MORI poll for Freedom to Marry.

May 2013:

54 per cent of Britons supported “changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry”. Conservative supporters were evenly divided: 45 per cent in favour, 48 per cent opposed.

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  • sally

    intrtesting