Gallup Gay Marriage Poll Finds Majority Of U.S. Citizens Would Support Nationwide Marriage Equality Law

07/31/2013 12:16 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016
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The Supreme Court's rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 received heaps of praise from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates, but the majority of U.S. residents want the nation's lawmakers to go even further, a new survey has found.

Fifty-two percent of respondents in a new Gallup Politics poll would support a law that would legalize same-sex marriage across all 50 U.S. states. On the flip side, 43 percent of the poll's participants said they would vote against such a law.

The poll surveyed a total of 2,027 U.S. residents, age 18 and over, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the report. Interestingly, the results seemed in line with the nation's political, religious and demographic divisions, with support ranging from 77 percent among Americans who described themselves as liberal and 76 percent among those who had no religious affiliation, to as low as 30 percent among Republicans/conservatives and 23 percent among weekly churchgoers.

Read more about the Gallup Poll here.

The poll comes on the heels of a number of earlier marriage equality-related surveys which found solid support for same-sex marriage across the board. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released in April found that 53 percent of Americans favored allowing same-sex marriages, while 63 percent said that the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages performed in states that have already legalized them.

Meanwhile, an ABC News/Washington Post poll similarly found that 55 percent of Americans say they support the right of same-sex couples to legally tie the knot, while seven out of 10 said they backed NBA veteran Jason Collins' decision to come forward about his sexual orientation in a Sports Illustrated op-ed.

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