As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the issue of same-sex marriage this week, a new poll shows about six in 10 Americans support gay marriage.
Fifty-eight percent of Americans back same-sex marriage and 34 percent oppose it, according to the survey released Monday by Quinnipiac University.
People under the age of 55 support gay marriage by a greater than 2-to-1 margin, while a plurality — 48 percent to 43 percent — of people 55 years and older support allowing same-sex couples to get married.
Seventy-four percent of Democrats and 66 percent of independents support gay marriage, while 59 percent of Republicans oppose it.
By a 69 percent to 26 margin, voters also say businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians. By a 58 percent to 35 percent margin, voters say businesses should not be allowed to refuse service even if it violates a business owner’s religious beliefs.
Democrats and independents both said businesses should not be allowed to refuse service in either case.
Fifty percent of Republicans say businesses generally should not be allowed to refuse service and 44 percent say they should be allowed. Fifty-six percent of Republicans say businesses should be allowed to refuse service if it violates the owners’ religious beliefs, while 37 percent say they should not.
The survey of 1,353 registered voters was conducted from April 16-21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.