Pollsters Are Down with Gay Marriage, Florida Is Down with Old People

Florida is behind the times when it comes to gay rights, (Remember Amendment 2? And that whole adoption thing?) But at least the rest of the country is catching on.

Back in 2004, New York Times/CBS conducted a poll in which they asked people, "Do you support gay marriage?" Only 22 percent of respondents answered "Yes." Results from the same poll came back yesterday and -- judging by the jump to 42 percent -- ideologies have changed pretty dramatically in the past five years. As the Times points out, a lot of it has to do with big time support from people under 40. Even some republican political strategists are re-thinking whether the gay marriage issue will be as effective when it comes to rallying voters in the future. Example: John McCain's strategist believes, "Republicans [are] in danger of losing these younger voters unless the party comes to appreciate how issues like gay marriage resonate, or do not resonate."

Fortunately for Floridian republicans, the Sunshine State still has the most old folks per capita. (Grumble, grumble.)


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