Do you think it should be LEGAL or ILLEGAL for gay and lesbian couples to get married?" The results say that 53% respond legal and 42% respond illegal.
There are differences among partisan groups, with Democrats supporting marriage equality 68% to 27%, Independents supportive 57% to 39% and Republicans 30% to 67%.
The poll breaks out "strongly" held opinions versus "somewhat" and the most strongly held opinion is among 54% of Republicans who have a "strongly held" position that it should be illegal for gay and lesbian couples to get married. This is slightly larger than the 52% of Democrats who have a strongly held belief that it should be legal. Among all adults, there are more people who strongly support marriage equality (39%) than who strongly oppose it (33%).
This latest poll was conducted July 25 to August 5 among a random national sample of 3,105 American adults. It was released August 20, 2012 and becomes one in a series of national polls demonstrating majority support for marriage equality in the last year or so.