A poll, made public by Quinnipiac University on Monday, found that American voters say 56-38 percent they would support a U.S. Supreme Court decision affording marriage rights to same-sex couples across the nation.
The same poll found voters more generally support same-sex marriage by a nearly identical margin of 56-36. That support for same-sex marriage is a few points shy other polls demonstrating support for gay nuptials amid the American public is at 60 percent or higher.
Backing a potential Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage are Democrats by a 70-24 percent margin, independent voters by a 61-34 percent margin, men by a 55-41 percent margin and women by 57-35 percent margin, according to the poll.
The only group identified in the poll in which a majority were opposed to a Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage was Republicans. According to the data, Republicans are opposed 62-34 to such a decision.
According to the poll, voters also oppose by a 53-40 percent allowing individual states to prohibit same-sex marriage and support 57–36 percent margin requiring states to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states. Democrats, independent voters, men and women back same-sex marriage in these questions, with Republicans opposed, the poll found.