FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2012
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)
Survey conducted on Election Day Confirms September Poll Showing Widespread Support for Man/Woman Marriage
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today released the results of a nationwide survey of voters conducted on Election Day that shows 60% of Americans who voted in the election favor marriage being the union of one man and one woman. The survey, conducted by respected pollster Kellyanne Conway's firm 'the polling company, inc.' is consistent with a national survey they conducted this past September showing 57% of Americans then believed marriage should only be the union of one man and one woman.
"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% of voters believe marriage is one man and one woman, which is consistent with the 57% result 'the polling company' found in September."
The issue of marriage was on the ballot in four deep-blue states this past Tuesday. By narrow margins, same-sex marriage was approved in Maine, Maryland and Washington, while Minnesota voters defeated an effort to put one man/one woman marriage in their state constitution. Despite narrowly losing, the pro-marriage position out-performed the Republican ticket by an average of 6.6 points in these states.
"Had marriage been put to a national vote, the evidence suggests that our side would have captured 55% of the popular vote this past Tuesday," Brown said. "The GOP ticket captured 48.4% 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."
About the Post-Election Survey:
Conducted by the polling company, inc., the survey interviewed 800 randomly selected people who actually voted. Of these, 73% voted at the polls on Election Day, 18% had already voted by mail or absentee ballot, and 9% had already voted at the polls prior to Election Day. The survey has a margin of error of +/-3.5%.
Question asked: Do you (ROTATED) agree or disagree that "marriage is between one man and one woman"? (PROBED: And would STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT agree/disagree?)
60% TOTAL AGREE (NET)
51% STRONGLY AGREE
10% SOMEWHAT AGREE
34% TOTAL DISAGREE (NET)
10% SOMEWHAT DISAGREE
23% STRONGLY DISAGREE
6% DO NOT KNOW/CANNOT JUDGE (VOLUNTEERED)
* REFUSED (VOLUNTEERED)
About the September Survey:
In September, 2012, the polling company, inc. conducted a national survey for NOM. The survey of 1,000 randomly selected voters was in the field from September 10-16, 2012 and had a margin of error of +/-3.1%.
Question asked: Do you (ROTATED) support or oppose defining marriage ONLY as a union between one man and one woman? (PROBED: And would that be STRONGLY or SOMEWHAT support/oppose?)
57% TOTAL SUPPORT (NET)
51% STRONGLY SUPPORT
7% SOMEWHAT SUPPORT
37% TOTAL OPPOSE (NET)
10% SOMEWHAT OPPOSE
27% STRONGLY OPPOSE
5% DO NOT KNOW/CANNOT JUDGE (VOLUNTEERED)
1% REFUSED (VOLUNTEERED)
To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Jen Campbell (x145), [email protected] , or Elizabeth Ray (x130), [email protected] , at 703-683-5004.
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