SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender aren’t universal in their support of their own right to marry, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center.
The survey found that, while support is overwhelming in all segments of the community, seven percent of a nationally-representative sample said they oppose same-sex marriage.
There is a split in support among party and religious lines, with 81 percent of Democrats strongly in favor and 45 percent or Republicans. On the whole, 96% of Democrats and 78% or Republicans responding showed at least some support for legalization. Those who did not report a religious affiliation were 15 percent more likely to support same-sex unions.
Also of note was the finding that 39% of participants said that the issue was taking too much focus away from issues important to the community. However, 64 percent Democrats say same-sex marriage should be the top priority for LGBT people.
The survey also found that unmarried members of the LGBT community were a bit more likely to say they want to get married than the general public.
The sample, which was designed to provide a nationally representative sample, includes 1,197 self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults 18 years of age or older. The sample comprised 398 gay men, 277 lesbians, 479 bisexuals and 43 transgender adults.