Gallup ran a poll on May 8th which determined that fifty percent of Americans support legal gay marriage. This percentage dropped three points since last year; however, this year marks just the second year since Gallup began tracking this question that at least 50% of Americans supported legal gay marriage. On the other hand, 48% believe gay marriage should not be permitted. In 1996, when Gallup first began tracking the gay marriage debate, only 27% supported legalizing gay marriage and 68% were opposed. 65% of Democrats believe gay marriage should be legal, while only 22% of Republicans approve. This stark contrast between political parties characterizes the hotly contested debate in America, and this poll underscores the divisiveness of the issue.