Today, 73% of Millennials say gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry legally, while just 24% say they should not.Gen Xers, the next youngest cohort, also support gay marriage, though by a narrower margin (59% favor, 39% oppose).
Today, about twice as many independents support (65%) as oppose (31%) gay marriage.
The share of blacks who support gay marriage has not changed significantly since 2012: 41% favor same-sex marriage today, while 51% oppose it; in 2012, 40% favored while 48% opposed.
To be sure, the share of conservative Republicans supporting same-sex marriage has doubled, from 10% to 22%, since 2005.
However, three-quarters of conservative Republicans (75%) continue to oppose gay marriage.
Blacks’ support for same-sex marriage increased 13 points, from 27% to 40%.
Over the same period, there was an identical 13-point rise in support among whites (from 37% to 50%).
Generation names and age spans are defined somewhat differently depending on country and/or region.
Roughly speaking, the following generation names and age spans are considered "global" generations: Baby Boomers: 1946–1965 1Generation X: 1966–19802 Millennials: 1981–2000 3 Excellent breakdown of the generational cohorts in both countries.
Still, Gen X Democrats are 26 points more likely than Republicans of that generation to favor gay marriage (71%).