Most Oppose Gay Marriage; Fewer Back an Amendment

AGE -- Younger Americans remain more apt than their elders to support gay civil unions and legalizing gay marriages, and to say laws on the issue should be left up to the states. However, they're the least likely age group to call it a make-or-break issue -- 61 percent could vote for a candidate who holds an opposing view.

Seniors, by contrast, are the most opposed of any age group to gay civil unions and marriages, and the most likely to say they'd vote only for a candidate who agrees.

OTHER GROUPS -- All told, support for a constitutional amendment peaks among evangelical white Protestants, conservative Republicans, Republicans overall, conservatives, Southerners and Americans age 55 and over. Opposition hits its highs not only among liberals, nonreligious Americans and Democrats but also among moderates, independents, nonevangelical white Protestants and Catholics, as well as among those under 35 and residents of the West and Northeast.

Women are more apt to support civil unions than men are, 51 percent versus. 39 percent, and to support legalizing gay marriage, 41 percent versus 31 percent. But there's not much difference between the sexes in their views on a gay marriage amendment -- 41 percent of women support the idea, as do 43 percent of men.

METHODOLOGY -- This ABC News poll was conducted by telephone May 31-June 4, 2006, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. The results have a three-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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