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Pew: U.S. conservative on guns, liberal on 'gay' marriage

47% of Americans now favor allowing same-sex unions

(Agence France-Presse) Americans are becoming more conservative on gun control, but more liberal on gay marriage, a public opinion poll that put the hot-button social issues under the microscope suggested Wednesday.

Forty-nine percent of respondents to the Pew Research Center survey said it was important to protect the constitutional right of Americans to own guns — compared to 45 percent who thought gun control should take precedence.

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