Support for same-sex marriage reaches record high in US, poll shows

A Gallup poll shows 70% of Americans support same-sex marriage, driven largely by changes in Republicans' views. By Rachel Trent, CNN

(CNN) -- A record 70% of Americans support legal recognition of same-sex marriage, according to a new Gallup poll. That's the highest level of support seen since Gallup starting tracking the subject in 1996, when just 27% of Americans were in favor of legal recognition.

The current 70% also marks a 10 percentage point increase since 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples could marry in any state.

The increase is largely driven by the changing views of Republicans, who were previously generally opposed to legalizing same-sex marriages, according to Gallup.

This year's poll marks the first time a majority of Republicans support same-sex marriage, with 55% in favor of legal recognition. Democratic support is at 83%, about the level it has been over the past few years. Independents are slightly more in favor of it than in years past, with support in that group at 73%.

While there are still differences between age groups that support same-sex marriage, there is increased support across the board -- 84% of young adults, 72% of middle-aged adults and 60% of older adults say they are in favor of same-sex marriages.

The data comes from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll, which was conducted last month.

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