Poll: Men And Women Don't See Eye To Eye On Same-Sex Marriage

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
According to new numbers released Monday morning from Gallup, 50% of Americans say same-sex marriages should be legal. But break it down by gender, and 56% of women say same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry, but only 42% of men feel the same way.

** FILE ** Stuart Gaffney, left, and John Lewis, right, embrace hands with their wedding bands on in San Francisco on Friday, June 30, 2006. More California voters now support allowing same-sex marriage than oppose it, according to a new poll released Wednesday, May 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Benjamin Sklar)

(CNN) - A new national poll points towards a gender gap over same-sex marriage.

According to new numbers released Monday morning from Gallup, 50% of Americans say same-sex marriages should be legal. But break it down by gender, and 56% of women say same-sex couples should be legally allowed to marry, but only 42% of men feel the same way.

The survey also points to a geographic divide, with a majority in the East, Midwest and West in support of legal same-sex marriages, but only four-in-ten in the South feeling the same way.

The poll also indicates the predictable generational gap, with younger voters more supportive of same-sex marriage and older voters opposed, and partisan divide, with nearly two-thirds of Democrats and a majority of independent voters, but only one-in-five Republicans, in support of such marriages.

The Gallup poll was conducted May 3-6, before the president's announcement last Wednesday that he personally supports same-sex marriage, with 1,024 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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