An Associated Press-GfK poll has revealed the sharp divide that America now lies in after the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage.
Roughly two weeks after the Supreme Court’s decision, the data suggests Americans feel much the same way about gay marriage as they did in May.
John Becker, 30, of Silver Spring, Md., waves a rainbow flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday June 25, 2015. An additional 18 percent neither approved nor disapproved.
Specifically relating to wedding businesses with religious objections, 59 percent said they should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples. Sixty-five percent of Democrats said they favored same-sex marriages, while only 22 percent of Republicans did.
And opinions were just as diverse regarding the idea of LGBTI couples getting married in the states where respondents resided in: only 42% of those who accepted to take part in the poll were in favor of LGBTI marriage, while 40% were opposed. By comparison, 46 percent said businesses in general should be allowed to refuse service because of their religious principles, while 51 percent said that should not be allowed.
The number of those approving same-sex marriage decreased by 6 percent from April, while the number of those against it rose by 4 percent over three months. On the other hand, 56 percent of those who do not belong to any religious denomination said they were in favor.
The poll was conducted between July 9 and 13.