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Mar 14 2014

Young Republicans Support Marriage Equality

A new Pew survey shows that Republicans between the ages of 18 and 29 overwhelmingly support marriage equality for LGBT people, a stark contrast to the views of the party they support. And those numbers drop with each age group as you get older.

Young people continue to be the strongest proponents of same-sex marriage. And as public support for same-sex marriage continues to grow, the gap between young and old is nowhere more striking than within the Republican coalition.

Today, 61% of Republicans and Republican leaners under 30 favor same-sex marriage while just 35% oppose it. By contrast, just 27% of Republicans ages 50 and older favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry…

The relative liberalism of young Republicans on issues of homosexuality goes beyond their support for gay marriage. Just 18% of Republicans under 30 say “more gay and lesbian couples raising children” is a bad thing for American society, while 26% say it is a good thing (56% either say it doesn’t make a difference or they don’t know). By comparison, majorities or pluralities of older Republicans say this trend is a bad thing for society.

Just another reason why the bigots have already lost this battle, even if they pretend otherwise.

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  1. 1
    sh3baproject

    oh noes! teh gayz haz corrupted o’ur younglings!

  2. 2
    dhall

    I think this illustrates in a big way why, if the Christian Right decides to break away from the Republican Party to form their own party, as per a previous post, they will rapidly marginalize themselves to political extinction, where they belong. The only real clout they have is through their control of the Republican Party, but even that will possibly, hopefully prove temporary, as their intransigence on social issues will eventually force more mainstream conservatives to oust them if they want to attract and keep younger voters. Otherwise, those younger voters will likely vote Democrat–a centrist party these days–or for the Libertarian Party, which at least theoretically is socially liberal. Either way, they won’t attract young voters by harping about issues that that demographic believes are not really problems at all, much less something to foam at the mouth about.

  3. 3
    busterggi

    Other than racism or religious bigotry why are these people even Republicans? The GOP has had nothing to offer for decades except continued failed Reaganomics & chickenhawkery.

  4. 4
    D. C. Sessions

    Other than racism or religious bigotry why are these people even Republicans?

    When you poll Americans on specific issues such as progressive taxation, minimum wages, food stamps, medical care, gun control, SSM, etc. they are very, very far to the left of the Democratic Party platform. Even while identifying as “conservative.”

    So the answer to your question is, “tribal identification.”

  5. 5
    gshelley

    Bryan Fisher has already explained it.
    Like most people who claim to be supporters of SSM, they’re just too scared to give their real opinion in case someone says they are a bigot

  6. 6
    Area Man

    A new Pew survey shows that Republicans between the ages of 18 and 29 overwhelmingly support marriage equality for LGBT people…

    Did they manage to get a hold of all ten of them, or only a representative sample of three?

  7. 7
    Synfandel

    @4 D. C. Sessions wrote:

    So the answer to your question is, “tribal identification.”

    You’ve hit the spike on the noggin, D. C. Sessions. I also suspect that tribal identification does more to keep people in their churches than does any degree of belief in church dogma or agreement with church attitudes.

    A friend told me about waiting his turn at a polling station at the last federal election in Canada and overhearing an elderly woman whining, “I don’t like this Steven Harper or his policies, but what am I to do? I’m a Conservative.”

  8. 8
    dingojack

    gshelley – Oh and skewed polls, and Hollywood, and Big Gay, and demons, and ….
    It’s all a game of ‘mistakes were made (but not by me)’.
    Dingo

  9. 9
    freehand

    Being conservative by nurture and possibly nature these young folks will not generally change their mind on this issue. But their minds will be made up on issues by the time they’re 40.
    .
    When their daughter brings home that nice android from work, the shit will really hit the fan! (“Daaady! He’s not a robot; he’s differently born!”)

  10. 10
    Synfandel

    When their daughter brings home that nice android from work, the shit will really hit the fan! (“Daaady! He’s not a robot; he’s differently born!”)

    What if she brings home a fembot?

  11. 11
    freehand

    Synfandel: When their daughter brings home that nice android from work, the shit will really hit the fan! (“Daaady! He’s not a robot; he’s differently born!”)

    What if she brings home a fembot?
    .
    She’d still be a …machine. [Daughter runs out of the room, crying.]
    .
    “No daughter of mine, etc. etc.”
    .
    Would their children be cyborgs?

  12. 12
    Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Today, 61% of Republicans and Republican leaners under 30 favor same-sex marriage while just 35% oppose it. By contrast, just 27% of Republicans ages 50 and older favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry…

    This, I think, is why the RW/TP/GOP is going bonkers so much in the last decade with all the laws and state amendments outlawing or trying to outlaw not only SSM, but abortion as well. They realize that the social conservative movement is losing traction; as Raven often points out, fundamentalists are losing members yearly, and the RWNJs can feel that they’re going to be irrelevant before too long. So they’re trying to pass as much of their agenda before it’s too late.

  13. 13
    dingojack

    freehand (#11) – but of course they do.
    We are the PoG. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile‘.
    ;) Dingo

  14. 14
    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Just another reason why the bigots have already lost this battle, even if they pretend otherwise.

    Yes and they’re already lagging behind a lot of the world notably Europe incl. England and New Zealand (not part of Europe!). Unfortunately Australia (my country) still has some catching up to do as well although it will happen I’m sure – likely not whilst the current arsewipe is PM.

    Problem is, the bigots will still cause pain and suffering to many people before they finally concede the issue – and eventually no doubt claim they weren’t really opposed all along.

    The final triumph for tolerance and equal marriage can’t come soon enough.

  15. 15
    Ichthyic

    why are there even young republicans to begin with?

    or women republicans?

    or basically anyone who isn’t old white and rich?

  16. 16
    Ichthyic

    When their daughter brings home that nice android from work, the shit will really hit the fan!

    DON’T DATE ROBOTS!

  17. 17
    Ichthyic

    So the answer to your question is, “tribal identification.”

    yup.

    authoritarianism ftw.

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