A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that opponents of marriage equality are losing their will to fight. Not only are their numbers dwindling, but their zeal for the fight is waning as well. When asked if a candidate’s position on the subject matter when deciding who to vote for, most said not very important.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that 56 percent of Americans support the right of gay people to get married, and another 50 percent believe it’s a constitutional right. That’s pretty much in line with recent polling showing support for gay marriage on the rise.
And while gay marriage opponents are an ever-shrinking portion of the population, just as importantly, they are far less keen on pressing the issue.
The new poll also asked people how important the issue of gay marriage is to their vote for Congress. While 81 percent of strong gay marriage supporters say it’s at least “somewhat” important, just 50 percent of strong opponents say the same.Nearly half of those who strongly oppose gay marriage (48 percent) say it’s not even somewhat important to them. Just 19 percent of strong gay marriage supporters are so casual about it.
This is what usually happens during a time of relatively rapid change. Most people initially oppose it just because it seems radical and, over time, that position seems less and less tenable. Once it starts to appear inevitable that the change is going to occur, it just ceases to matter as much. And eventually, the opposition fades away. Most people don’t like fighting a battle they know they’re gonna lose.