WASHINGTON - A national survey says the country views same-sex marriage more favorably because of a shift among people who know someone who is gay or who have changed their views as they grow older.
The Pew Research Center poll also finds that a large group of younger adults are more open to gay rights and are driving the numbers up. The issue grabbed the national spotlight recently with the public embrace of same-sex marriage by Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.
Overall, the poll finds 49 percent of Americans favor same-sex marriage. That includes 14 percent who say they had changed their minds.
When asked why, almost one-third said they know someone who is gay. A quarter said their personal views changed over time.