Washington Survey Shows Strong Opposition to Same Sex Marriage; Voters Want the Right to Decide Marriage Issue


Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Anath Hartmann at 703-683-5004

"Washington voters deserve the right to vote on marriage just as voters in 31 other states have been able to do." — Brian Brown, NOM President —

Olympia, WA—The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today released a statewide survey that shows voters are not in favor of redefining marriage and want the Legislature to be working on other problems.

"Governor Gregoire is leading legislators off a political cliff with her focus on redefining marriage in Washington," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Having approved civil unions, voters do not support redefining marriage and clearly do not want legislators doing so."

When reminded that Washington State has a civil union law for gay couples, 57% of voters say it is not necessary to redefine marriage. 72% of voters think state lawmakers should work on other issues rather than same-sex marriage. A nearly identical number -71% of voters—believe the people should decide the marriage issue; only 9% think legislators should decide the matter.

"If the Washington Legislature wants to change the definition of marriage, which 57% of voters oppose, NOM calls on them to give this decision to voters. Thirty-one other states have been able to vote on the definition of marriage, and Washington voters deserve the same opportunity," Brown said. "Voters have made it clear in this survey that they alone should decide the marriage issue—not legislators. Let the people vote."

The survey found low job approval for both Governor Gregoire and the state Legislature. More people view Gregoire's job performance as only fair or poor (56%) as compared to excellent or good (34%). The numbers are even worse for the Legislature—66% say their job performance has been only fair or poor while just 17% say they have done an excellent or good job.

To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], (x130) or Anath Hartmann, [email protected], (x105) at 703-683-5004.


To view the entire survey, please click here.


  1. Mike Edmunds
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Ah yes, CRC Public Relations. The swiftboat people.

  2. Jo
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    i wonder if you polled us on how we feel about outside interesting involving themselves in our states issues.

  3. Randy E King
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    It is a liberal state; which means those elected to represent the will of the people of no intent of doing so.

  4. Publius
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink


    It would be hard to craft a ban on out-of-state campaign money that would pass constitutional muster.

    Are you opposed to out-of-state money that favors SSM?

    More out-of-state money went to the No on 8 campaign than to the Yes on 8 campaign, but Prop 8 passed anyway.

  5. AJ
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    How does this mesh with other polls? Given the manipulative language of these calls it's unsurprising to see a highly manipulated and marginally unscientific battery of results.

    Of course, you'll have to excuse us here in Washington State: we like facts and science, things NOM has heretofore been averse to.

  6. AJ
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Okay, I checked around. Looks like you can only take the full poll if your view is that marriage is between a man and a woman or you're nearing or past retirement age. Otherwise the poll ends.

    43% of these two specific groups on top of strong pluralities and majorities found in more scientific polls like the highly respected Washington Poll suggests marriage equality has a good chance of voter approval :)

  7. David
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I don't appreciate all the comments attacking the poll. NOM should just publish the full poll with all the questions and the details about the sampling. Otherwise, these unsubstantiated attacks will continue.

  8. AJ
    Posted January 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Yes, let's have the full poll :)

  9. AJ
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    Since Washington State is all about empirical data and whatnot -- facts, in other words -- I've been gathering more first hand reports on the phone poll.

    There are 3 questions: a) are you a voter; b) do you support 1man/1woman marriage; c) are you over 50?

    If you answer "yes" to only the first one then the system hangs up. If you are over 50 but support equality and make it through it tries numerous ways to spin R-71 as a reason to withhold marriage equality. If at any point you make it clear you unequivocally support equality it hangs up.

    Is NOM looking for scientific reality or fabricating lies? If the former, their methods are way off. If the latter, what commandment absolves them of that sin?

  10. Mr. Incredible
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 1:40 am | Permalink

    Commandments -- that is, the Law -- absolve no one of sin. There is no Grace in the Law which is the ministry of condemnation and death.

  11. davide
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    aj you are full of crap

  12. Louis E.
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    AJ,it's unfortunate that anyone supports "equality" between right and wrong.