CNN poll: Americans' attitudes toward gay community changing
A CNN poll conducted by ORC International from May 29-31, with 1,009 adults, found changing attitudes towards gays.
June 6th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

CNN poll: Americans' attitudes toward gay community changing

Washington (CNN) – A majority of Americans say they support legally recognizing same-sex marriage amid growing evidence that the public's become more comfortable with gays and lesbians, according to a new national poll.

CNN/ORC International survey released Wednesday also indicates that the number of Americans who say they have a close friend or family member who is gay has jumped from 49% in 2010 to 60% today, the first time in CNN polling that a majority of Americans have said that. In the 1990s, most Americans said they did not know anyone close to them who was gay.

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  1. Thoth19

    Oh my gods what is this world coming to. Maybe the sane people here should take a hint from gaming forums. "Don't feed the trolls." People that want to believe their lies can go back to Renaissance Florence with the Office of the Night and let rationally thinking human beings engage in politics on relevant issues. If you want to live in a theocracy live in the Vatican, otherwise, let us have our First Amendment rights and stop bothering people for who they are. A hundred and fifty years ago, someone broke a campaign promise and freed slaves. He fought southern religious fire eaters and was assassinated for it. It's amazing that in the twenty first century the same issues are returning.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hyhybt

    Sunnysideup: and, likewise, you've surely known *straight* guys who won't take no for an answer when hitting on girls. It's the exact same thing.

    June 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hamsta

    @ kurt marriage is an agreement between 1 God, 1 man, and 1 woman. Government has no piace in that agreement. God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gammorha for a reason. Where do you think the word sodomy came from? End of discussion.

    June 7, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • sunnysideup

      Really? Serious "marriage has nothing to do with GOD" okay? who made it up. You or someone who decided just to come up with it. If GOD wanted 2 man together or 2 women It would of been told along time ago. It has been one man and one woman for years. Arguing about it really does not make sense. GOD's rules rules and not mans.

      June 7, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • EndTheHate

      If you are going to misuse the Bible by trying to justify your hate and bigotry at least read it first...

      Ezekiel 16:48-49
      “This is the sin of Sodom; she and her suburbs had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not help or encourage the poor and needy. They were arrogant and this was abominable in God’s eyes.”

      June 10, 2012 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kurt (Lake Stevens, WA)

    I don't understand, why exactly do we have the right to vote on other U.S. Citizen's rights? Marriage in the United States has nothing to do with religion, it's a legal status which can be entered into without any church or religion being involved.

    Seems as though we Americans always have to deny a groups rights...
    Woman shouldn't be able to vote, they don't have the right temperament!
    WHAT?! We can't own someone?!

    If we're allowed to vote on other people's rights, where does it stop?

    Lastly, when two gay people get married, how exactly does it effect ANYONE ELSE?! We have straight people up the ying yang making a complete mockery of marriage and it's ok because they're straight.

    What a bunch of crap.

    June 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pete

    Here is a question for you religious nut jobs. Why is this so called god letting innocent children be killed in Syria? Explain that to me now.

    June 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      See, no one has an answer for this

      June 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • hyhybt

        No. We have answers, which are readily available elsewhere (say, places where that's RELEVANT TO THE CONVERSATION rather than a deliberate attempt to derail it) and have been for centuries. That you don't happen to *like* the answers doesn't make them nonexistent, or even invalid.

        June 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Do not be scared, just tell me why god lets this disgusting thing happen.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sunnysideup

      Okay the GOD I know does let everyone make a choice. So when it comes to murder, kidnapping etc. there is 2 people. The person who makes the decision has a free choice to stop it or go over board and guess who gets hurt the innocent child. So any children involved are kept safe by taking them out of this fallen world. So again the person doing the act had the choice to do it or stop it. Just like anyone has a decision to drink moderately or heavy. to get behind the wheel or not. CHOICES people make them and want to blame GOD or someone else. COME on now.

      June 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    Uhhh, no. Two of my best friends are lesbians. They've been together for 20 years and have an 11 year old son. "Whaaa? Duh! How'd duh they manage that?!" I hear you saying. Think hard about it. See if you can figure it out. Post here if you need hints.

    June 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. sunnysideup

    One thing everyone forgets is when death comes no one can go back into our bodies at all! Eternity (most believe)! Either way we are gone no more! All fun and games done. No return. SO the decisions we make we better make sure without a doubt its true or else thats it. You wont hear anyone judge you no more because the BIG JUDGE just stepped in and now what. ITs not religion its relationship.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • iReadTheBible

      The sad this is, I remember reading an argument that read exactly like this one a while back. Only then, it was another bigoted fool arguing against mixed marriages.

      History loves to repeat itself!

      July 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 2Christ0isSavior9

    This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." -2nd Timothy 3:1-5

    June 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sunnysideup

      yup!~ speak it!!

      June 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • cerebral1

      There is no god. Do what you like. Just don't hurt anybody.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • sunnysideup

        There is an awesome GOD. Please dont hurt yourself when reality kicks in.

        June 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • iReadTheBible

      I am willing to bet $50 that right now, you're wearing clothing that contains two different types of fabric (Leviticus 19:19: 'Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material).

      I'm also willing to bet that when you were a kid you told your parents "no!" or "i dont want to" at least once.

      Matthew 7:1 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged.
      oops, seems you're doing that right now!

      John 8:7, KJE (Caim) states:
      So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her

      Please do not presume to tell others that they're going to hell when you yourself are most likely on the way/

      July 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ferathka

    I live in PA, I'm Gay and have lived here my whole life. Maybe you should be chased back in time to Nazi Germany.....prolly feel at home there.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • sunnysideup

      Remember we all have opinions and share! Freedom to say!

      June 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. No God

    I don't know where you learned English (or math) but 40% is not vast majority; it's not even majority.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Todd Pollard

    This is a Christian nation founded on the precepts of Bible law, and if indeed this pole is true and most suppprt this abomoination, it is clearly why God has allowed out nation to fall so drasically since the installation of Obama as "president"

    June 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ferathka

      No this nation was founded due to the Tyranny of the British Crown. You have no right to tell me how to live....keep your magic guy and your twisted beliefs to yourself. People like you use to use similar arguments in support of slavery, denyiny a woman to vote and denying African-Americans any rights at all. You are on the loosing side of progress...go hide back in your hole.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • No God

      The reason this nation is falling is that we are stuck with 2000 year old narrow minded ideology.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MyOpinion07

      Go crawl back under that rock you live under.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Your nuts for sure

      June 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      This is not a "Christain nation". Native Americans were not "Christains" and neither am I. There is no god. Deal with it.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • sunnysideup

        Before you say anything about native americans you better start looking into the history of them. Some of their rituals go back to the bible rituals. SOoooo....umm yeah..get all the info you can get. Learn and learn.

        June 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • hyhybt

        The Bible originated in the Middle East. There was no significant amount of communication with the New World until a few hundred years ago. Please explain how Native American rituals even *could possibly* have anything to do with the Bible.

        June 7, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sunnysideup

    In reality if we really care about souls we will speak the truth no matter the cost. People will say your judging. Its not true. When someone says your going to HELL well its the truth. Find out why. if we would stop being so ignorant of GOD's word. Live according to what HE says. Life would be more straighter. Whether anyone disagree does not matter. What GOD says in HIS WORD matters.

    Who died on the cross for all of our sins. All of us who have read GOD's word will be accountable to every action and how tolerant we were. EVERYTHING> BARE NAKED. GOD does not like sin and what HE calls sin is sin. TRUTH! Realize again us christians will be accountable. SPEAK TRUTH and TAKE A STAND and dont buckle under pressure. BE FAITHFUL.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon Brown

      That's what I said.

      This whole debate isn't about hatred, it's about truth. If Christians are right, then it is love to tell someone they are sinning. If people are going to bash Christians it should be about a perceived ignorance, not about hatred.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anthony Toledo

        If Christians cared about the word of God, they would A) Not judge others and B) Not look to Ceasar to validate their spirituality. They would additionally C) Love all and accept them.

        June 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      I hate to inform you, but all religious books were written by folks who only goal is to control the masses. These stories are fabrications and worded to help control the masses.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LB Colorado

    The only reason this issue is being "accepted" is because it is being shoved down our throat.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • brianNH

      ABSOLUTELY correct!!

      June 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ferathka

      You can thank the Republicans for that. They have been using this issue for over a decade to get the bigots and hate mongerers out to vote for them.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      You know why this issue is getting shoved down your throat? because your views have been shoved down our throats for too long. We are sick of it. We do not deserve to live by your rules just because you think we should. We will fight until we are treated equally. Your religious views should not dictate how someone else lives that does not believe the same as you.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • sunnysideup

        Its not religion views its called morals. If society does not have a barrier morals it becomes corrupt. Anything goes. We can like anything guys& girls, animals. etc. No limits. When society has no limits. No respect. No order. This goes for EVERYONE not for a particular group of people.

        June 7, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • hyhybt

        sunnysideup: I agree, this IS about morals. It is IMMORAL to treat people differently because they happen to have a mate of the same gender as themselves.

        June 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LouAZ

    Gay, clay, may, pla,y say . . . so what. Society is only interested in the legal aspect of Marriage. As far as society is concerned marriage is a LEGAL CONTRACT, that requires certain obligations, and if those obligations are negated by divorce or death . . . then society has certain rules about PROPERTY, who gets what, who owns what, who pays this or that. Just like any "marriage" there are PROPERTY Obligations, that is all society cares about. There is NOTHING about love in a State Marriage License. All that LOVE STUFF is yours to lie about or be true. Whether a preacher in some big building marries you where everyone can compare clothing, or you just go to a Justice of the Peace, it is still only a Legal PROPERTY AGREEMENT as far as the State and society are concerned. Get real about what "marriage" is in a civilized society. All that other stuff love, and honor, and cheating, and all the religious stuff, is really between the two principles and no one else. The State does not care about that stuff. Seems some are confusing what their personal religious beliefs are with the Legal Contract that two people make with the society about joining property and the distribution of that property at disolution or death.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sunnysideup

    Its funny how people take GOD's word and twist use it at the times they see fit. grrrrr....No respect for GOD, but sure fulfill the flesh desires. Has anyone every asked GOD if HE approves of this. If we read the scriptures right we will get the answers. So sad..

    June 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • stop it!

      I do not support this issue, but i sure as heck don't need the bible to tell me what i already know. Religious zealots are just as bad if not worse for being hypocrites. Free your mind!

      June 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • hyhybt

      Yes, I have asked God. He said he doesn't have a problem with gay couples. I'll take his direct word over your interpretation of something another person once wrote about him any day, thanks.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Believer

        Really? His direct word? Try reading your Bible again.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • hyhybt

        I mean what I said.

        The Bible is not God's direct word. At best, it's God's word passed through 1) the imperfect and culturally-tied original author; 2) multiple, equally-imperfect editors; 3) translators who, in addition to being imperfect, often wish to lean the result; and 4) how the reader understands what he finds there. Not direct at all, but we do the best we can with what we have.

        Have you never prayed a question to God that you didn't already pick out an answer to in advance? Have you ever received an answer to such a question?

        June 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mr Pro choice

        true on that everyone's own views of GOD far surpasses that of a written book of other people's interpretations of what GOD wants.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tbot

      Polsters can basically cook up any result they want. If gay marriage is so widely accepted, how come it has been voted down EVERY time it is put on the ballot? Even California voted it down. I

      June 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristen

      The most henious and cruel crimes in history have been committed under the cover of religion or equally noble motives.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Bob

    Did anyone else notice that the LGBTQP flag is in the wrong position. It should be on the right behind the American flag. I realize that that are trying to make a statement, but the positioning gives the impression that gay issues are higher than the United States.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • stop it!

      Yes, but try not to point it out too much. nowadays gay pride takes precedence over national pride. the talking heads have made it clear that its unamerican to diagree. so i guess i am unamerican! Long live We The People!

      June 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ferathka

        I'm gay and a proud American. I love my country and I love that it constantly evolves to include more and more groups of people. This is just the next step in a civil rights process that has been going on in this country since its founding. Will always be proud to be an American even though I am currently treated like a second class citizen.

        June 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • hyhybt


        June 7, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • hyhybt

      To assume any ill intent, as another responding to your comment does, is insupportable. Most people don't know or don't remember the rules for displaying flags.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Believer

        If more people remembered the proper display of the flag, perhaps they would be more inclined to remember those that have fought and died to give them the right to equate this issue with patriotism.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • hyhybt

        There's no natural connection between the two.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ed

    ITs ashamed to know gay american soldiers are fight and dying for American in this Country seems is OK! for straight people, but yet refuse to give them the same right as straight people have. this is call corruption

    June 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Yes they are

      June 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • hyhybt

      We are, though... except for one point which wouldn't even be a big deal at all if we weren't treated badly because of it.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Anthony Toledo

    "All the above Associations etc, are Human beings, when u stand before GOD, what will he say?????"

    God will say to the gay people, "You are what I made you, and I love you. For everything created by God is good."

    June 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Frank

    The majority do not agree with this. The gay marriage issue has been forced on the American public. It's similar to the illegal immigration issue in that the citizens of the States vote for strong illegal immigrartion laws, and against gay marriage, yet the Justice Department will file suite on the States to block laws voted for by the people of that State.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hadenuffyet

      SCOTUS is our king...

      June 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • stop it!

      I agree, this issue has been nothing but an all-out attack on the court of public opinion. If you disagree you are immediately labeled a biggot.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Hadenuffyet

    Most people will say whatever is required to prevent ostracisation.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Common sense

    Here we go again, let the hate begin. Just remember bible-thumpers, if you follow the bible literally you cannot pick and choose the passages that fit what YOU like.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon Brown

      It's not hatred to not want someone to go to hell.

      So the question isn't really about whether any hatred is going on. It's about what is true and not true. It's a truth question. Bash Christians for being ignorant if you're going to bash them for anything. Do NOT bash them for hating.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • hyhybt

        My previous response didn't go through; if it shows up later, I apologize for the duplication. But it doesn't work to lump all Christians together on this. Some of us believe that orientation is morally neutral, and that what is a sin is treating people as inferior just because they're paired with someone with matching parts nobody sees anyway. And while many who don't agree with that position at all do indeed act from a position of love, however misguided, there are quite a lot of others who do indeed act in a hateful manner and *paint* that as love, and you know it.

        June 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. TiredODaCrap

    What a ridiculous LIE of a headline!! The pulse of America is obtained in a poll of just over 1000 people??? Heck, my office building holds more than that, and I know the results of the same poll taken here would not turn out anywhere near the same as this "scientific evidence" of a philisophical turn in America's thinking and ideology.

    June 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • EndTheHate

      So since YOU don't want to believe it it must be wrong...

      What a fact filled thought provoking well reasoned rebuttal.
      You sure disproved the article word for word.
      In fact you changed my opinion on gay marriage.

      /sarcasm off

      June 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hadenuffyet

        Easy enough to find out , conduct your own poll...

        June 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • TiredODaCrap

        It's not about my belief or not. It's about a psycho, left-wing organization spewing lies with sensational headlines over polls that are obviously geared to obtain the result that they want.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thoughtful

      Umm . . . you need to study up on the science of statistical sampling. Your post is a classroom example of public ignorance of statistics. Your assumption and hypothesis are entirely incorrect. Your placing "scientific evidence" in quotes also is an idicator that you know nothing about the subject.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  23. hamsta

    if being gay (chemical imbalance in the brain) is not an illness neither is adhd, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder or any other chemical imbalance in the brain.

    June 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • EndTheHate

      OOPS your ignorance is showing...

      H o m o s e x u a l i t y is considered a normal and unchangeable part of human s e x u a l i t y by the following medical and mental health associations: The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Counseling Association, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the National Association of Social Workers.

      June 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Angelhrtlexx

        All the above Associations etc, are Human beings, when u stand before GOD, what will he say?????

        June 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • 3rdEyeOpened

        They are human beings, but many of the Dr.s, researchers, and scientists in these associations happen to be gay. So of course they are going to back it.

        June 7, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
      • EndTheHate


        1 Timothy 4:1-5

        Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart
        from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings
        of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are
        seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God
        created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know
        the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be
        rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the
        word of God and prayer.

        June 7, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Goddog

        Angelhrtlexx... What a person would say while standing before God, or what they say when they talk to God now (If there were a god) is none of your business. Neither is it your business to judge the "sins" of others. When YOU stand before your God, what will you say about your judgement of others? All you haters are a bunch of snooping busy bodies who are guilty of the sin of pride and judgement.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • LB Colorado

        All of the "Associations & Agencies" are all MAN RUN not God Run. You can believe as you wish, but it is what it is. God did create and the FALL came and there you have it, whether it is genetic or choice, the Fall came and you are part of that as we all are, we "straight" choose a different path, the one that allows reproduction, which by the way is part of the plan.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pete

        Here is a question for you religious nut jobs. Why is this so called god letting innocent children be killed in Syria? Explain that to me now.

        June 7, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      You do know that whole hamster gay thing only applies to a handful of gays right? Most gays would protect a hamster.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hadenuffyet

        Same could be said for serial murderers...

        June 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tbot

        Hamsters maybe, but gerbils?

        June 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Love and physical attraction may have chemical effects on the body but there is no cure short of chemical castration. The emotions of love or physical attraction felt by gays is exactly the same experienced by straights.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |