New Poll Shows American Jews Overwhelmingly Support Marriage Equality

A new poll published this week by the Public Religion Research Institute shows once again that the American Jewish community is united behind the cause of marriage equality for all people. The poll's findings show that 77 percent of American Jews support marriage equality, the second-highest percentage of any religion.

JTA reports:

Of the 724 Jews surveyed, 47 percent said they strongly favor allowing same-sex couples to marry legally and 30 percent said they favor it. Nine percent of respondents said they oppose gay marriage, and the same percentage said they strongly oppose it.

The survey, which had its results released on Wednesday, drew on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans from April 2014 to early January 2015.

After Buddhists, Jews were more likely than any other religious group to support gay marriage. Among the survey respondents, 84 percent of Buddhists favored gay marriage, followed by Jews and the religiously unaffiliated, 77 percent; mainline Protestants (Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Unitarians), 62 percent; and Catholics, 61 percent.