Support for same-sex marriage also hasincreased among older generations over thepast decade. For example, in 2003, just 17% of those in the Silent generation
born between1928 and 1945
favored same-sex marriage;today 31% do.To better understand this change, the new survey asked supporters of same-sex marriageif they have always held this view or if they have changed their mind on this issue. Morethan a quarter of same-sex marriageproponents (28%) say their views havechanged. This represents 14% of the Americanpublic overall. By comparison, virtually everyone who opposes same-sex marriage
41% out of 44%
say they have always been against it. When those who say they have shifted to supportingsame-sex marriage are asked why their views changed,people offer a range of answers. Roughly a third(32%) say it is because they know someone
a friend,family member or otheracquaintance
who ishomosexual. A quarter (25%)say that their personal viewshave changed as they havethought about the issue orsimply because they havegrown older.
One-in-Seven Have Changed TheirMinds in Support of Gay Marriage
PEW RESEARCH CENTER March 13-17, 2013. Q62-Q63.
Why People Have Changed Their Minds
Asked of supporters who have changed their minds
“What made you change your mind about same
What People Said
My best friend fromhigh school is a gay man and he deservesthe same rights; they are in a committed relationship.
ed ignorance, I grew upa little bit
More people arehappier if that
’s how they want to live.”
Just the change in
society, it's time.”
There is one judgeand I am not that oneudge
PEW RESEARCH CENTER March 13-17, 2013. Q62a. Open-ended responses.