Pew: Fresh Views on Gay-Marriage Trends

Americans' attitudes on gay marriage have been sliced and diced, scrutinized and debated by wonks, pundits, and pollsters with a furious intensity since the president announced he supported it last week.

If you have capacity for one more analysis, check out the Pew Research Center's recent graphic. It tracks support for same-sex marriage across various demographic groups over time.

Pew researchers found much of the same things other polls have found: Opposition to gay marriage has fallen, and the young are more likely to support extending the institution of marriage to same-sex couples.

But the center analyzes the data in some unusual ways. Among the most interesting findings:

  • Support for gay marriage has risen even among members of the Silent Generation, those born between 1928 and 1945. In 2001, 21 percent supported gay marriage. Today, 30 percent do.
  • Black Protestants are twice (33 percent) as likely as white evangelicals (14 percent) to support gay marriage, and attitudes on the subject have remained largely unchanged for more than a decade. A whopping 77 percent of those unaffiliated with a religious institution support same-sex marriage.
  • Among Republicans and conservatives, support for gay marriage has dropped since last year. In 2011, 28 percent of conservatives supported gay marriage. This year, that number dropped to 25 percent. Last year, 27 percent of Republicans supported gay marriage. This year, 23 percent do.