Support for Gays in the Military Crosses Ideological, Party Lines

While there's little difference among age groups on gays in the military, younger people are more supportive of gay marriage and civil unions than are older adults. Gay marriage is backed by 65 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds but just 30 percent of those 65 and up; civil unions by 77 percent of young adults vs. 52 percent of seniors.

Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont allow gays to marry, and Congress is reviewing whether to allow it in the District of Columbia, where the city council approved it in December. In California, a federal court is weighing a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, the gay-marriage ban state voters approved in 2008.

METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone Feb. 4-8, 2010, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults, including landline and cell-phone-only respondents. Results for the full sample have a 3.5-point error margin. Click here for a detailed description of sampling error. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

ABC News polls can be found at ABCNEWS.com at http://abcnews.com/pollingunit.

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