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|Overwhelming majority over Americans support 'traditional marriage'?|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|November 15, 2012 13:45|
A new poll released by “the polling company, inc.” has found an “overwhelming majority” of American voters, some 60 percent, who say they believe marriage should be defined as a union between one man and one woman.
The poll, commissioned by the anti-gay marriage group National Organization for Marriage, was conducted on Nov. 6 and surveyed some 800 “Americans who voted in the election” on their attitudes toward marriage equality.
"The outcome of the marriage votes in four very liberal states has caused some to speculate as to whether the American people have changed their views on marriage. This scientific poll shows that the answer to that is, 'no' they have not changed," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "This survey shows that 60 percent of voters believe marriage is one man and one woman, which is consistent with the 57 percent result 'the polling company' found in September."
While other national polls in recent years have found a growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, “the polling company, inc.” has released two surveys this year alone that suggest that Americans' attitudes are not changing.
"Had marriage been put to a national vote, the evidence suggests that our side would have captured 55 percent of the popular vote this past Tuesday," Brown added. "The GOP ticket captured 48.4 percent of the popular vote nationwide. Marriage outperformed the GOP ticket by an average of 6.6 points. The facts show that it is wrong to contend that preserving marriage as the union of a man and a woman is anything but a winning issue in America."
The validity of the results are difficult to verify, however. Information on how -- and where -- the poll was conducted is conveniently absent from its summary. Aside from general numbers, not much else was published.
“the polling company, inc.” was founded in 1995 by Republican strategist and former Newt Gingrich campaign advisor Kellyanne Conway. That might explain a thing or two.
So while Brian Brown and NOM celebrate this self-created “victory,” we should keep our eyes out for surveys not skewed by conservative ideology.
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