May 2, 2018 at 2:15 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Poll finds majorities in 44 states support same-sex marriage
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The Public Religion Research Institute’s recent survey reports an increase in support of same-sex marriage across ethnic, religious and political groups. (Photo via Bigstock)

A new poll has found that the majority of voters in 44 states support same-sex marriage.

The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI)’s survey reports an increase in support of same-sex marriage across ethnic, religious and political groups with 61 percent of overall Americans supporting same-sex marriage while 30 percent oppose it.

According to the poll, the majority of voters in 44 states approve of same-sex marriage. The exceptions were the southern states of Alabama (41 percent), Mississippi (42 percent), Tennessee (46 percent), West Virginia (48 percent), Louisiana (48 percent) and North Carolina (49 percent).

63 percent of whites, 52 percent of blacks and 61 percent of Hispanics approve of same-sex marriage. Support from black voters increased 11 percent from 2013 to 2017 and increased 10 percent from the white and Hispanic communities.

Support from the majority of voters in major religious groups has also increased including white Protestants (67 percent); white Catholics (66 percent); Hispanic Catholics (65 percent); Orthodox Christians (66 percent); Muslims (51 percent); Buddhists (80 percent); Jewish Americans (77 percent) and Hindus (75 percent).

As for political parties, 73 percent of Democrats, 66 percent of independents and 42 percent of Republicans are in favor of same-sex marriage.

“The rise in support for same-sex marriage, particularly over the last few years, has led to a milestone: Today a majority of all racial and ethnic groups favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally,” the poll described its findings.

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