Who can help Minnesota in the fight for marriage equality? Young Republicans, apparently.
Recent activism efforts in Minnesota and national data show that younger voters are more likely to support marriage equality, Republicans included. Check out this data from the Politics in Minnesota article linked above:
If opponents of the gay marriage ban are going to succeed, wooing young Republicans will likely prove a key part of their strategy. That’s because polling consistently suggests that support for same-sex marriage — particularly among younger voters — is rapidly growing. In a national Pew Research Center poll released last month, 46 percent of respondents indicated support for gay marriage, while 44 percent opposed it. Just five years earlier opposition to gay marriage prevailed by a robust 56-35 percent margin.
There’s also a pronounced generational divide that consistently shows up in polling data. A survey released in August by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) showed a 30-point gap in support among the oldest and youngest respondents. Among individuals under 30, 62 percent indicated support for same-sex marriage, while just 31 percent of those over age 65 responded similarly.
The numbers are no less compelling among respondents who identified at Republicans. Overall just 31 percent of Republicans surveyed indicated support for gay marriage. But among those respondents under the age of 30, that figure swelled to 49 percent. The generational shift is even apparent among white evangelicals, the subset of respondents least likely to back same-sex nuptials, according to the PRRI survey. Overall less than 20 percent of white evangelical respondents indicated support for gay marriage. But among those respondents under the age of 30, support ballooned to 44 percent.
Thoughts? Where’s this coming from? How do we get more people involved?
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