More Californians support same-sex marriage than ever before, according to data released Wednesday night (September 25) by the Public Policy Institute of California.
According to the group’s report, 61 percent of adults and 64 percent of likely voters favor marriage equality. “Strong majorities” of Democrats (76 percent) and independents (67 percent) support allowing same-sex couples to marry, while 53 percent of Republicans oppose it, researchers said in a news release.
Also, for the first time, a majority of people ages 55 and older (55 percent) are in favor of marriage equality.
“Support continues to be higher among young Californians,” according to researchers, but the data on older adults is significant in that they’ve been one of the biggest roadblocks to achieving marriage equality.
The report, Californians and their government-September 2013, comes just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that backers of California’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban didn’t have standing to defend the law. The court’s decision cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in the Golden State almost immediately.
The report’s findings are based on a survey of 1,703 California adult residents from September 10-17. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.