Same-Sex Marriage- Time and Age

15 May

More fun with graphs and charts. You can thank me later for holding down the “quantitative analysis” end of this blog(t). Anyway, I found these over at The Baseline Scenario. The first chart shows explicit support for same-sex marriage over time (data is from 1994-96, 2003-04, and 2008-09).

The next shows support for same-sex marriage in 2008 across different age groups:

The general trend here is clearly that support for same-sex marriage is higher among younger people. And, interestingly, even though 30-44 year olds tend just above, and 45-65 year olds just below, the sample mean, the difference between these two groups is small compared to the enormous leap in support for same-sex marriage among 18-29 year olds.

If any of you are interested, The Monkey Cage also did a write-up of the graphs and links to the study by Jeff Lax and Justin Phillips from which they were taken (“Gay Rights in the States: Public Opinion and Policy Responsiveness,” recently published in the American Political Science Review).

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