Six Out Of 10 Republicans Would Be ‘Upset’ If Their Child Were Gay


A new poll finds that 60 percent of Republicans would be "upset" if they had a gay child, and those in the GOP are still greatly opposed to same-sex marriage.

A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds six out of ten Republicans would be "upset" if they had a gay child. That does not comport well to the rest of the nation. 28 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of independents echo the "upset" remarks. Overall, 62 percent of American would not be upset if they had a gay offspring, and just 35 percent overall say they would be upset.

In 2011, right-wing conservative pundit Ann Coulter on the Fox News show "Hannity" said if she had a gay son she would tell him he was adopted. The following year, Coulter said via Twitter that a parent who has a gay son should "disown" him.

The McClatchy-Marist poll, released Friday, surveyed 1035 adults. On legalizing same-sex marriage, the poll also found 54 percent of Americans "either strongly favor or favor doing so."

According to trend data from the Pew Research Center, support for gay marriage has been on an upswing, reaching a plurality of support among Americans in 2011 and majority support just last year in 2013.

Attitudes about legalizing gay marriage fall along party lines with more than six in ten Democrats, 62%, favoring the action. A similar proportion of Republicans, 63%, are against it. Age also matters. 65% of Americans under 45 years of age support legalization of same-sex marriage compared with 44% of their older counterparts who share this view.

More than one in ten Americans, 12%, has changed their opinion on legalizing same-sex marriage, favoring it now while opposing it previously. Only 1% now opposes allowing same-sex couples to marry when they once favored legalization.


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