Republicans Under Age 30 Support Marriage Equality

Fifty-one percent of Republicans under age 30 support the freedom to marry, according to a meta-analysis of national polling data and trends on the freedom to marry by Dr. Jan van Lohuizen, George W. Bush's 2004 lead pollster, and Joel Benenson, President Barack Obama's lead pollster in 2008 and 2012.

The report, commissioned by Freedom to Marry, analyzes recent polling and exit polls from the 2012 election and shows that the well-documented majority support for the freedom to marry is broadening and diversifying while opposition continues to diminish and is isolated to a few narrow demographic groups.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry applauded the report, which amplifies the group's message that the freedom to marry is completely in line with conservative values of freedom, family, and limited government.

Margaret Hoover, a Young Conservatives leader who is a Republican consultant, CNN political commentator and author, said: "This report shows what we are hearing from more and more young conservatives: Our generation values marriage for all committed couples -- it makes our families and our nation stronger. GOP leaders need to bring the party in line with the next generation – and the American people – to continue to lead us forward.”

Tyler Deaton, a Young Conservatives leader who is executive director of New Hampshire Republicans for Freedom and Equality, said: “What a great affirmation of the changing tide in the Republican Party. We’ll continue to push for equality, knowing that the future of our party depends on full freedom in marriage.”

Friday’s polling memo shows that 51 percent of Republicans under 30 years old support marriage for same-sex couples. In addition, among Republicans who oppose the tea party, nearly half (47 percent) support the freedom to marry. These numbers are consistent with a 2011 poll by the Public Religion Research Institute that shows 49 percent of Republican millennial favor marriage for same-sex couples and a 2012 Washington Post poll showing Republicans aged 18-44 evenly divided on marriage.

Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry is a campaign to highlight and build support for the freedom to marry among young conservatives across America. They represent the rapidly growing numbers of young conservatives across the country that agree all Americans should be able to share in the freedom to marry.

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