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Most favor same-sex marriage, poll says

June 6, 2012 at 5:03 PM

WASHINGTON, June 6 (UPI) -- A national poll released Wednesday indicates a majority of the U.S. public support legally recognized same-sex marriage.

The survey, commissioned by CNN and conducted May 29-31 by ORC International, said 54 percent of respondents favored marriage between gay and lesbian couples, with 42 percent opposed. Three-quarters of both supporters and opponents said they felt strongly about their position.

The poll noted a partisan divide, with seven in 10 Democrats, and six in 10 independents, saying same-sex marriages should be recognized as valid by the law. Republicans were 72 percent opposed.

It also pointed out a generational divide. Nearly two-thirds of respondents under age 50 supported legal same-sex marriages, and 55 percent of those over 50 were opposed.

The telephone poll sought the opinion of 1,009 adults nationwide, and had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, CNN said.

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