A Strong Show of Indifference?

With California and New York acting to give legal status to same-sex marriage, this hardy-perennial topic is in the news again. In a poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, nearly half the respondents (49 percent) voiced opposition of one degree or another to the legalization of such marriages. But just 29 percent said they’re “strongly” opposed. Likewise, while nearly four in 10 supported legalization, just 15 percent felt strongly in favor.

Given the supposed hot-button status of the topic, it’s intriguing that fewer than half felt “strongly” pro or con. Adding those who opined unstrongly to the 13 percent who said they “don’t know,” one can hypothesize that a majority of Americans find the issue a matter of some indifference.