Washington Post poll: Filibuster-proof supermajority of Americans support marriage equality

Yesterday, the Washington Post released a poll conducted with ABC News showing a record high 61 percent of Americans support marriage equality, with 35 percent opposed. The poll also showed a nearly identical level of support for requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, and nearly identical opposition to allowing individual states to ban same-sex marriage.

In other words, if the American people were the Senate, full marriage equality could break a Republican (because of course it would be a Republican) filibuster.

This is the first time support for marriage equality has polled above 60 percent, and comes right before the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage next Tuesday.

The Post also noted in their release that the high level is support is not simply due to changing demographics. While younger Americans overwhelmingly support marriage equality, the rise in overall support comes from both a shift in generational makeup and greater support from older Americans than in previous polls.

At the risk of sounding arbitrary, I think an increase in support from 59 to 60 percent is more significant than an increase from 58 to 59 percent. Yes, marriage equality has had majority support in the American public for a few years now, but now it has a supermajority. That changes how we can talk about it — for example, two days ago I couldn’t quite use the word “supermajority” to describe public support for marriage equality. Now I can and I will. Frequently.

Once support for a given policy crosses the 60 percent mark, it’s not only difficult but downright silly to argue that the issue is “controversial” as if to imply that the public is even close to evenly divided over the issue. The minority may be loud, and they may be hateful. But it the public can’t be said to take them seriously.

That’s almost as big a deal as the Supreme Court not taking them seriously next week.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • dave3137

    And since when do our politicians follow what the public wants? Last I remember was repeal of DADT, and that seemed to be only under duress.

  • TLKC

    Even if Roberts were to write the majority opinion, the other judges on the majority side are free to add concurring opinions, citing their differing reasons. The concurring opinion, joined by the greatest number of judges, is referred to as the plurality opinion. Kennedy, Sotomayer, Ginsberg etc. may choose to do that, if Robert’s reason is too narrow from their POV.

    Similarly, if Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and based it on heightened scrutiny, Roberts would be free to write a concurring opinion that supplied a different reason.

  • FLL

    The Supreme Court will almost certainly uphold marriage equality, but I really hope Kennedy writes the opinion instead of Roberts. Kennedy may recognize heightened scrutiny in cases of anti-gay discrimination, which would make all future civil rights cases easier to win. I’m not that sure that Roberts would do the same. Heightened scrutiny for considering anti-gay bias is important because there is still a lot to finish up in terms of nondiscrimination in employment and public accommodations.

  • nicho

    Now if only the people in Congress, the White House, or the Supreme Court gave a rodent’s derriere what the people wanted.

  • nicho

    We aren’t given the choice to elect people who WILL pass the legislation. The system is rigged.

  • nicho

    That’s what gave us Prop H8 in CA. When questioned after the election, many people said they had no problem with same sex marriage, but were afraid that if they didn’t vote to ban it, their churches could be shut down or their ministers arrested. Those were the lies that were being spread by the charlatans in the pulpits. They knew they were telling lies and the misled people who put their trust in them. I wish I believed in hell.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Your post was very clear – you think voting produces change. It doesn’t.

    Massive movements for social change are the only instruments that can compel change.

    There are no better Democrats or Republicans. There are better and more effective mass movements and mass actions like the ones that produced the AFL-CIO and forced Nixon and LBJ out of office while forcing them to end the war.

  • Buford

    Not sure what part of my post wasn’t clear… if that’s the case, then people need for for people who WILL pass the policies they support. If we need better Dems, then we need to put them into office… but Dems are infamous for failing to vote to support their stances.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Just a few years ago a lot of people were in support of “civil unions”. If the question included that option I wonder how the vote would have turned out. It’s cool that the “separate but equal-ish” view is really no longer in the discussion, and that I suspect the pro-equality side has benefited.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Marriage equality was only a question because of Bill Clinton in 1996 with DOMA, George Bush and his state DOMAs from 2000 to 2008 and Barack Obama in 2008 when he torpedoed opposition to Prop 8. DOMA and Prop 8 galvanized the right and became just the kind of ‘social’ or ‘culture wars’ question that both parties like, questions meant to divert attention away from wars of aggression, poverty, union busting and border racism.

  • Bill_Perdue

    That’s absolutely not true about voting. Polls favoring employment rights have been on our side for years but Democrats have refused to pass it or a CRA. The data below goes back to 1977, about the time the first versions of ENDA or a CRA were being introduces, about 40 years ago.

    Voting gets us ignored by bigots and rebranded bigots alike.

    From Gallup (All of the data is in the column of “Yes, should be” – the date of the poll is
    first and percentage in favor follows)

    As you may know, there has been considerable discussion in the news regarding the rights of homosexual men and women. In general, do you think homosexuals should or should not have equal rights in terms of job opportunities?

    Yes, should be

    2008 May 8-11 89

    2007 May 10-13 89

    2006 May 8-11 89

    2005 May 2-5 87

    2004 May 2-4 89

    2002 May 6-9 86

    2001 May 10-14 85

    1999 Feb 8-9 83

    1996 Nov 21-24 84

    1993 Apr 22-24 80

    1992 Jun 4-7 74

    1989 Oct 12-15 71

    1982 Jun 25-28 59

    1977 Jun 17-20 56″

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/1651/gay-lesbian-rights.aspx

  • Bill_Perdue

    “Washington Post poll: Filibuster-proof supermajority of Americans support marriage equality”.

    Which explains rebranding by Democrats and an increasing number of Republicans. Politicians like that wouldn’t know a principle if it bit them, but they do read polls. HRH HRC was the latest utterly corrupt pol to rebrand on marriage equality a week or two ago.

  • And just yesterday Mike Huckabee lying claiming that if gay marriage is legal all ministers will have to perform gay weddings OR ELSE. A flat out lie.

  • marknc

    Let’s state this correctly. When asked directly “Do you support marriage equality” 60% of the people say that they do. When asked about individual parts of ObamaCare, most people support the ACA legislation. When asked “Do you support background checks for guns” nearly 90% say that they do. When you ask “Should the minimum wage be increased” most people say yes.

    I could list 50 of these. However, the 20% block vote from the religious right is solid Republican and they vote into office the vilest bastards that can be dredged from the sewer. That HASN’T changed one bit – and they will vote against anything decent regardless of popularity or reason. And now with an endless sea of money it will be hard to get the rotten out of office. So, the above is cute to think about, but like Medicaid expansion in Red States – don’t hold your breath quite yet.

  • The_Fixer

    As much as I hate the term “supermajority” (it just doesn’t seem right in my mind), this is great news.

    We are seeing the pushback from the Neanderthals getting more intense, however. We have the civics-challenged Rep. Steve Steve king trying to introduce legislation to prevent the Supreme Court from considering marriage equality and Gov. Bobby Jindal warning businesses to toe the conservative line if they want continued tax breaks, just to name two.

    I wonder when the time will come when these people who are so virulently opposed to human rights will realize that their position is a liability. I suppose it will take a few years for it to sink into their granite-like heads, but that day will come. It has to come if they expect any kind of continued life in politics.

    As juvenile as Americans can be about other matters, it appears that we’re finally growing up when it comes to this.

    Better late than never.

  • Buford

    Great news, but moot if people don’t get out and vote to enable/enact the policies they support.

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