Majority of Americans support 'same-sex marriage': Poll
Nearly 51 percent of Americans think same-sex marriage should be legal, according to a survey.
According to the CBS News poll more women (53 percent) than men (48 percent) think same-sex marriage should be legal.
Women voters were instrumental in getting the ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage passed.
According to exit polls conducted in Maine, Maryland, and Washington, majorities of women approved of the same-sex marriage initiatives, while men opposed them.
Nationwide, opinions on same-sex marriage also differ by marital status, the report said.
Married Americans are divided in their views, while 57 percent of unmarried Americans support allowing same-sex couples to marry, it added.
According to CBS news, the report also pointed out that there is a generational divide on this issue.
Young Americans (those ages 18-29) are some of the strongest proponents of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.
However, support for same-sex marriage drops to 44 percent among those who are age 45-64 and even further to just a third of Americans age 65 and over, the report said.
In fact, 56 percent of seniors oppose permitting same-sex couples to marry, the report added.