Released: March 21, 2013
Changing Minds: Behind the Rise in Support for Gay Marriage
The rise in support for same-sex marriage over the past decade is among the largest changes in opinion on any policy issue over this time period. Fully 14% of all Americans – and 28% of gay marriage supporters – say they have changed their minds on the issue in favor of gay marriage.
Views of same-sex marriage and the percentage who...
Of the 14% who changed their mind and now favor gay marriage, Pew Research asked...
What made you change your mind about same-sex marriage?
Their responses could be categorized as...
who are gay/lesbian
Become more tolerant/older/
studied more/more aware
World has changed/inevitable/
more prevalent/doesn’t hurt
Freedom to choose/
love and happiness
only God can judge
Born that way
Click a category above to see an opinion.
Numbers do not total 100% because of multiple responses.