Very few cite religion as a top influence on their opinion of most political issues, including immigration, the environment and poverty. On gay marriage, however, religion still plays a very significant role with many Americans. More than a third (35%) cite religion as the top influence on their view of gay marriage. Opponents of gay marriage (60%) are far more likely than supporters (5%) to say religion is the most important factor in their opinion. In contrast, among those who say education, views of friends and family or a personal experience is the most important influence on the issue, fully 66% support gay marriage. Overall, 41% of Americans say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally while 48% are opposed. Read More
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