A new poll shows that most Americans support the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on same-sex marriage, which were viewed as a historic victories for the gay-rights movement, and highlights the lingering partisan divide on the emotional issue.
The Washington Post-ABC poll found that 56 percent of all adults said the court got it right — compared with 41 percent who said the court got it wrong — when it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman for the purpose of federal benefits.
The poll showed that 51 percent approved and 45 percent disapproved of the court’s decision in the Proposition 8 case in California, which allowed a lower court’s ruling stand and thus allows same-sex marriage in the state.
It also found that more than half of the respondents disapproved of the court’s decision to strike down a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which required that mainly Southern states must undergo special scrutiny from the federal government before changing their voting laws.
The poll, though, showed that the court’s rulings on same-sex marriage were much less popular among Republicans than they were among Democrats and independents, with 68 percent of Democrats and 36 percent of Republicans supporting the 5-4 ruling on DOMA.
Independent voters supported the ruling by a 64 percent to 33 percent margin.
Republicans also disapproved — by a 29 percent to 69 percent margin — of the way the court came down on Proposition 8, the voter referendum that banned same-sex marriage in California.
Democrats supported the ruling by a 62 percent to 33 percent margin, and independents supported it by a 59 percent to 39 percent margin.
Independents and Democrats also disapproved of the court’s decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act, while Republicans narrowly supported the ruling.