Even Republicans Now Support Gay Marriage (Except For Old Ones)

| Tue Mar. 26, 2013 2:34 PM EDT

Greg Sargent reads the latest polls on same-sex marriage:

There is a sharp generational divide among Republicans on the issue. Overall, 56 percent of Republicans oppose legal gay marriage. But I asked the CBS polling team for a breakdown by age, and the result was that among Republicans under 50, a plurality of 49 percent supports legalizing gay marriage, versus only 46 percent who oppose it.

Republican leaders are painfully aware of this, I'm sure. They know they're losing the gay marriage battle, even among their own partisans. The only question is how to make a passably graceful U-turn without pissing off their base of angry old tea partiers too badly. It's going to be a challenge.

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