Majority of Young Republicans Support Marriage Equality

Here's some good news for hump day. A new poll from the Pew Research Center found the majority of young Republicans or Republican-leaning respondents--61 percent of those ages 18-29 to be exact--supported marriage rights for same-sex couples, with just 35 percent opposed.

The support goes beyond marriage equality. Only 18 percent of Republicans age 18-29 viewed the prospect of more gay and lesbian couples raising children as bad for society; 26 percent said it was a positive development while 56 percent said it didn't make a difference or they didn't know.

As The Advocate notes, "support was markedly lower among older groups of Republicans, at 43 percent in favor among those aged 30-49, 30 percent among those aged 50-64, and 22 percent among those 65 and older. Support averaged out to 39 percent among all age groups."

"Among respondents who identified as Democratic or Democratic-leaning, 77 percent of those aged 18-29 supported marriage equality. Among all age groups, a majority endorsed equal marriage rights: 71 percent of those aged 18-49, 66 percent of those aged 50-64, and 62 percent of those 65 and older, for an average of 69 percent."