By 51% to 34%, Americans would back Congress passing a law to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide

Linley SandersSenior Data Journalist
Oana DumitruSurvey Data Journalism Intern
September 15, 2022, 12:51 PM GMT+0

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June 2022, many Americans have been left wondering whether other landmark decisions could be next. Among them is Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 decision that guaranteed the right to marry for same-sex couples in the United States. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would enshrine federal protections for same-sex marriage, reinforcing Obergefell v. Hodges.

The latest Economist/YouGov survey found that, by 51% to 34%, Americans support Congress passing a law that legalizes same-sex marriage throughout the United States. More than seven in 10 Democrats (72%) support the bill, compared to 50% of Independents and 30% of Republicans.

While almost half of American men (47%) support the bill, women (55%) are more likely to be in support. Opinions about this bill also vary somewhat by age, with a majority of adult Americans under 45, half of Americans between 45 and 64, and 44% of those 65 and older supporting it.

This poll was conducted on September 10 - 13, 2022 among 1,500 U.S. adult citizens. Explore more on the methodology and data for this Economist/YouGov poll.

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