Welcome to Pollapalooza , our weekly polling roundup. A majority of conservative Republicans 58 percent , Republicans overall 51 percent , Mormons 53 percent , white evangelical Protestants 58 percent and adults in Alabama 51 percent oppose same-sex marriage, according to a survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute. The PRRI survey, which relied on more than 40, interviews nationwide conducted in , made a lot of headlines for finding substantial gains in the number of Americans who support same-sex marriage over the past few years. Overall, 61 percent of Americans say gay and lesbian couples should be legally allowed to marry, compared with 52 percent in a survey conducted by PRRI and the Brookings Institution. A majority of black people 52 percent , Hispanics 61 percent and white people 63 percent back same-sex marriage. The majority of people in all but six states support it.
Subscribe to receive weekly Gallup News alerts. Never miss our latest insights. Of 21 personal behaviors and practices measured, Americans agree most widely that birth control is morally acceptable and that extramarital affairs are morally wrong. More Americans continue to believe sexual orientation is present at birth rather than a result of upbringing.
A large and growing body of scientific evidence indicates that the intact, married family is best for children. If we were asked to design a system for making sure that children's basic needs were met, we would probably come up with something quite similar to the two-parent ideal. Such a design, in theory, would not only ensure that children had access to the time and money of two adults, it also would provide a system of checks and balances that promoted quality parenting. The fact that both parents have a biological connection to the child would increase the likelihood that the parents would identify with the child and be willing to sacrifice for that child, and it would reduce the likelihood that either parent would abuse the child.
Americans who say the New Testament is their favorite Testament in the Bible are more likely to oppose gay marriage and say they are pro-life than those who prefer the Old Testament, according to new data. YouGov, a market research company headquartered in the United Kingdom, has released data compiled through YouGov Profiles of more than 30, Americans related to their biblical preferences and how they might shape their individual practices and beliefs. While 31 percent of toyear-olds said the New Testament was their favorite part of the Bible, 46 percent of those aged 65 or older said the same. The data show that 31 percent of to year-old respondents said they are not familiar with the Bible, while only 14 percent of people aged 65 and older said the same. The data also suggests that Protestants 59 percent are more likely than Roman Catholics 38 percent to say they prefer the New Testament.