Majority of voters back traditional marriage despite rise in gay ‘marriage’ proponentscomment (0)
December 6, 2012
Despite four state votes for gay “marriage” Nov. 6, a majority of voters still define marriage as between one man and
one woman, a new poll showed.
The survey by the Polling Company shows that 60 percent of voters in this year’s election agreed that “marriage is between one man and one woman.” Fifty-one percent agreed strongly. In total 34 percent disagreed with the statement.
The poll of 800 people who either voted on Election Day or who voted early was conducted Nov. 7.
Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state chose this year to legalize gay “marriage,” while voters in Minnesota defeated a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman.
The margins ranged from 51–49 percent in Minnesota to 52–48 percent in Maryland and 53–47 percent in Maine and Washington. It was the first time voters in any state approved gay “marriage.”
“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, president of the traditional group National Organization for Marriage.
Traditional marriage draws support across party lines, Brown said, noting that the traditional side on the ballots outperformed the Republican ticket by an average of 6.6 points in the four states.
A financial disadvantage contributed to the losses by traditionalists, Brown said, with his side being outspent at least 4–1. Sitting governors in three of the states also campaigned heavily for gay “marriage.”
“Our opponents and some in the media will attempt to portray the election results as a changing point in how Americans view gay ‘marriage,’ but that is not the case.
“Americans remain strongly in favor of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The election results reflect the political and funding advantages our opponents enjoyed in these
very liberal states.”