That’s the percentage of Americans who favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, according to a survey from the Pew Center for the People & the Press.
Forty percent said they oppose same-sex marriage, an all-time low, according to the poll taken Oct. 24-28.
The 49 percent to 40 percent split in favor of same-sex marriage compares with a 38 percent to 52 percent split against same-sex marriage in Pew’s August 2008 survey.
Among those Americans who have reversed their opposition: President Barack Obama, who said in May that “personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”
The Supreme Court will take up the issue of gay marriage “for the first time, agreeing to rule on a California ballot measure banning the practice and a federal law defining marriage as solely an opposite-sex union,” Bloomberg’s Greg Stohr reported Dec. 7.