Brian Raum: Polls Increasingly Manipulated by Left, Media Ignores Bias


Brian Raum, senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund writes in Town Hall:

Recently, PR Newswire ran the latest Harris Interactive poll under the headline, “Over Half of all Americans Favor National Recognition for Same-Sex Marriages.” And like so much of the homosexual agenda, both the headline and the story beneath it demonstrated the Left’s not-so-subtle habit of using verbiage to say one thing but communicate another.

... A bigger problem with the poll is that Harris Interactive purposely oversampled those who engage in homosexual behavior ...How significant was the oversampling? Consider this: those who identify as homosexual only constitute 1.4 to 1.7 percent of the U.S. population, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the Harris Interactive poll, they constituted a sample of well over 14 percent. With this distortion understood, it’s no wonder the poll showed that “‘49% of all U.S. adults…support the right for same-sex couples to marry,’ [vs.] 41% who oppose the right, and 10% who are not at all sure.”

... These numbers simply aren’t trustworthy (and they are definitely nothing to brag about once the oversampling is brought to light). And if we look at scientific polls, like the one conducted by the Alliance Defense Fund and Public Opinion Strategies during May 16-19 of this year, the distortion of the Harris Interactive poll is simply too great to go unchallenged.

For example, on the issue of marriage, 62 percent of those polled agreed that “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” That means nearly two-thirds of those polled believe marriage should remain what it has been for so many millennia, rather than be changed to accommodate the demands of the homosexual agenda.


  1. SC Guy
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I agree with this 100%

    If you think about it, who do the media polls answer to? Absolutely no one. There is no regulatory office to confirm that they're not a propaganda outlet. They could be outright lies being reported as scientific truth. Interesting, at least one polling outfite - and an unlikely source at that - PPP in North Carolina (a Dem outfit) generally finds that gay marriage is far less popular than most people seem to think.
    The bottom line is that most Americans continue to oppose same-sex marriage but the pollsters and the media don't want to admit it.

  2. Barb
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    We can be sure that if the gay activists believed their own polls they'd be pushing to let the people vote on gay "marriage." Instead, this is just one part of a multi-pronged propaganda campaign, designed to make us give up the fight.

  3. TC Matthews
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Good point Barb!

  4. TC Matthews
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Ouch. The fortunetellers got their hands caught in the crystal ball manufacturing again. Tell me again what's inevitable?

  5. Kelly
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Keep deluding yourselves. Never mind what Gallup, Pew, CNN, ABC News, and Quinnipiac have all found.

  6. Bruce
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    It's Brian Baum and NOM who're doing the cherry picking here. Gay men and lesbians were over-sampled in this poll in order to obtain more detailed analysis of certain questions. However, averages were weighted in order to correct for this, and the results demonstrate this very clearly. For example, 87% of GLBT people support the right of same sex couples to legally marry, 46% of the heterosexuals polled agree. This results in a total of 49% in support. Mr. Baum has deliberately twisted the results of the Harris poll, and NOM either knows it, or didn't vet this piece very carefully.

  7. Louis E.
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Regardless of the amount of support for SSM,the task before us is to reduce it.A lot of it is soft,based on wanting to get along with unrealistic whiners stomping their feet and crying hate whenever corrected.

  8. Sean
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Louis, please do not allow your difference in opinion on this matter allow you to become bitter.
    "get along with unrealistic whiners stomping their feel and crying hate whenever corrected" is not a pleasant thing to say. If you are Christian, please remember Jesus never spoke an ill word of anyone, and got angry *once* in the entire bible, even forgiving those who killed and betrayed him.
    Are we really so bad you should speak about us like this?

  9. Barb
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Louis E. tells it like it is w/o mincing words. Compare the ongoing shrieks of the gay extremists with a 3-year-old who isn't getting his way. As any parent knows, it's a mistake to appease this child.

  10. TC Matthews
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Bruce, does that mean that 13% or more of gay people are also bigots in your view?

  11. Bruce
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    TC, actually the percentage of GLBT people opposing same sex marriage is 11%; 2% had no opinion. You should take a look at the actual study. It's pretty interesting. As far as what motivates that minority, I really don't know, but I rarely engage in name-calling, especially the explosive kind, like "bigot."

  12. DN
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    TC Matthews,


  13. John Noe
    Posted August 4, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    As always the only poll that counts is the one at the voting booth.

  14. bman
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    "Sean: If you are Christian, please remember Jesus never spoke an ill word of anyone...."

    That is not quite correct. Here is one example to show otherwise.

    Matthew 18:23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean
    the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

    It appears he referred to these two groups as "hypocrites" based on characteristics that identified those groups.

  15. bman
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Gay activists typically call any individual a “hater” or “homophobic” who opposes same sex marriage.

    Common sense says some percentage of gay marriage opponents will not be “haters” or “homophobic,” though.

    Thus, to accuse every opponent without proof necessarily results in gays making some number of false accusations.

    Gays might reply that most are haters or homophobic and any exceptions are so rare they need not stop the accusations.

    That, however, has no basis in fact. Gays have already contradicted themselves on that point, any way, by blaming Christianity as the main reason people oppose same sex marriage.

    Suppose someone opposes same sex marriage and polygamy because they believe God originally designed marriage for one man and one woman.

    Since it’s a matter of moral and religious faith to oppose polygamy for that reason, its also a matter of moral and religious faith to oppose same sex marriage for that reason. The reason is the same in both cases and would have the same motivation in both cases.

    Thus, if we suppose Christianity as the reason most people oppose same sex marriage it presumes a religious or moral motivation, not hate or homophobia.

    Gays will object that faith and morality are subjective. That, however, is moot because it does not justify accusing persons of hate or homophobia. Gays simply refuse to recognize the difference between different things although morally they should.

    It means gays are falsely accusing nearly everyone who opposes them.

    Of course, gays do it as a tactic to discredit their opponents, so they probably won’t quit the practice any time soon. Yet, ironically, it actually discredits the gays because it shows lack of honesty or fairness on their part.

    The informed voter will recognize that gays discredit themselves with the tactic, and no one else.

  16. bman
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    TC Matthews: does that mean that 13% or more of gay people [who oppose same sex marriage] are also bigots in your view?

    DN: Yes.

    You appear to discredit other gays without proof and for no other reason than they disagree with you on same sex marriage.

    Where, DN is your proof for making the accusation?

    Has it not occurred to you that if you accuse everyone of bigotry who disagrees with you, to include gays who disagree with you, it logically makes you out to be intolerant of anyone else's view but your own, thereby making "you" the bigot?

    I am doing a search for reasons why LGBT people oppose same sex marriage.

    One reason given by gay talk show host Al Rantel was this,

    "Marriage exists in order to create a stable and structured environment for couples to reproduce and raise their offspring....the price of social acceptance of gays is the redefinition of an institution that is thousands of years old and a cornerstone of society. Does that really seem like a wise and prudent choice for America to the behest of those whose real goals are more political than anything else?"

    Another LGBT radio host who opposes same sex marriage is Tammy Bruce. She writes,

    ....Gay Gestapo charges of homophobic bigotry against those opposed to same-sex nuptials. ...[are not] valid, so as an independent gay woman, I think it’s time to make a few things clear. First of all, despite what you hear from the Gay Elite, there is not a consensus in the gay community about this issue. We do not all operate in the cultural or political equivalent of a Vulcan mind-meld.

    I, one among many, respect and understand the growing concern about the disintegration of our traditions and values. I am so concerned, it is the heart and soul of my second book, The Death of Right and Wrong.

    Consequently, I respect the majority of Americans and their opinion that marriage should be defined as between one man and one woman.

    Clearly, the reasons given by these two writers are not based on homophobia or hatred of gays since both writers claim to be gay.

    Its proof that a rational basis exists for opposing same sex marriage that you should recognize as rational even if you disagree with it. And if its rational, it should not be called bigotry.

    Since gays can rationally disagree with same sex marriage without homophobia, hatred, or bigotry it follows, logically, that non-gays can also.

    Thus, it seems you really have no basis to really call anyone a bigot simply for opposing same sex marriage.

    No reason, that is, except for your being bigoted!

  17. bman
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Andrew: ...You make me sick.

    Its immoral to falsely accuse or make degrading remarks about individuals based on a stereotype you hold.

  18. Randy E King
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Andrew wrote:

    "Barb, you are one nasty, embittered woman. You make me sick."

    Keep up the good work Barb!

  19. John N.
    Posted August 5, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Over at the Media Research Center where I get their updates in my email they do a great job of showing the liberal biasness in the mainstream media.

    One of those is in polls. ABC,NBC,CBS, along with some others will deliberately distort the polls to show a desired result. If they do a poll that reflects badly on their agenda they simply choose to not even and bother to show you the poll that they themselves sponsered.

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