record number of Americans support civil unions

A record number of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post
poll support civil unions for gay couples, and most continue to
favor legal abortion – while behind those majority views sharp
political and ideological divisions rage on.

Overall, 55 percent favor allowing same-sex couples to form legally
recognized civil unions, giving them the same rights as married
couples in areas such as health insurance, inheritance and pension
coverage. That’s up from 45 percent in an ABC/Post poll in 2006;
the previous high was 51 percent in 2004.

See the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll here.