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Major survey shows most Americans support same-sex marriage

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America.

Just a quarter century later, it's now favored by clear majority of Americans.

That dramatic shift in opinion is among the fastest changes ever measured by the General Social Survey, a widely respected survey that has measured trends on a huge array of American attitudes for more than four decades.

Support for a right of same-sex couples to marry has risen 8 percentage points in the past two years and jumped 45 points since the question was first asked in 1988.

That year, only 11 percent of Americans said they agreed with the idea.

The survey now finds only a third of Americans are opposed to gay marriage.

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