Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
This week’s graphic illustrates a striking generation gap on same-sex marriage which crosses party lines. Majorities of Millennial Republicans (58%) and Democrats (77%) favor same-sex marriage, compared to 14% of senior Republicans (age 65 and older) and senior Democrats (50%). In other words, while older Republicans and Democrats remain quite polarized on the issue, younger Republicans and Democrats are closer to reaching an accord.