Poll: 52% of Americans would vote to federally legalize same-sex marriage

     Couples leave Superior Court after obtaining their marriage licenses on the first day possible for gay couples after the District of Columbia legalized gay marriage in Washington, on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

    Couples leave Superior Court after obtaining their marriage licenses on the first day possible for gay couples after the District of Columbia legalized gay marriage in Washington, on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file)

    In a recent poll, 52 percent of Americans say they would vote in favor of a federal law making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, while 43 percent said they would vote against it.

    With Montgomery County acting in defiance of Pennsylvania law by granting same-sex marriage licences, we look at some popular perceptions about marriage nationwide with Frank Newport, editor in chief of the Gallup Poll.

    New data suggests that a majority of Americans approve of same-sex marriage. In a recent poll, 52 percent of Americans say they would go so far as to vote for a federal law making it legal in all 50 states, while 43 percent said they would vote against it.

    Given the sale of the Washington Post to Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos, Gallup asked how many Americans still think of a newspaper as their main source of news. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the number is falling. Over half of respondents say TV is their main source of news. Only about 6 percent rely mostly on the radio.

    About 21 percent say they get most of their news from the Internet, said Newport — noting that many of those online sources may be newspaper websites. But however you look at it, he said, the traditional print newspaper publication is falling out of favor, even among older Americans.

    Newport also shares some numbers on heart attack survival rates, following George W. Bush’s heart surgery in Dallas this week.

    And who is paying attention to new nutritional labels in restaurants and on menus? Not many, said Newport. Listen to the full story above.

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