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Support for gay marriage in U.S. hits all-time high, poll finds

Support for gay marriage has risen to an all-time high in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, reinforcing it as one of the fastest-moving changes in social attitudes of this generation.

The new survey found that 59% of Americans support allowing same-sex marriage, nearly double the 30% support reported in 2004.

Fred Yang, the Democratic pollster who conducted the survey with Republican Bill McInturff said public opinion about gay marriage is changing at a much more rapid rate than did the nation’s attitudes toward interracial marriage, which now is supported by 87% of Americans.

Support has grown markedly for gay marriage among Hispanics, women and people who lack college degrees, among other demographic groups. Opposition among conservatives has lessened: Some 35% of conservatives supported gay marriage in March, up from 26% in April, 2013.

Among Republicans, 40% support gay marriage, up from to 27% two years ago.

Support for gay marriage continued to run highest — at 74% –among Democrats and people ages 18-34.

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