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BOSTON — In a sign that a major gay rights movement may be gaining traction in the U.S., a new survey found that Americans favor gay marriage by a 53%-29% margin.
That was down from a recent poll that found Americans favored gay marriage 62%-30%.
In fact, the new survey also found that nearly seven in 10 Americans think gay marriage should be legal in their state.
A new survey by The American Conservatives, a right-wing group based in Arlington, Va., found that in the last week of August, a majority of Americans, including nearly two-thirds of Republicans, said they were in favor of gay marriage, while just 37% opposed it.
The survey was conducted by phone, face-to-face and online from Aug. 24 to Sept. 1.
The American Council on Religion found that 52% of Americans supported same-sex marriage.
A Pew Research Center survey conducted last week found that the public favored gay rights in nearly all of the states surveyed, including by a 55%-31% margin in Florida, where a majority support gay marriage.
The American Conservative, which describes itself as “the largest national conservative magazine,” reported the results of the survey on Wednesday.
It found that 57% of respondents support gay unions and 54% support marriage equality, compared to 39% who oppose them.
That same percentage also favored gay unions in Michigan and Louisiana, which have legalized same-gender marriage.
Fifty-three percent of respondents in Michigan support gay marriages, compared with 29% in Louisiana.
A survey of likely voters in Florida in August found that a plurality supported gay unions, while 38% opposed them.
The poll found that 54% of likely Republican primary voters in that state support gay rights, compared the same number who opposed them in the August poll.
Support for gay unions appears to be particularly strong among evangelical Protestants, with an estimated 80% supporting same-sexual relationships and 43% opposing them.
Only 14% of these same-religion Protestants are supportive of same-marriage.