USA Today reported on May 28 that a new poll shows support for redefining marriage has dropped in Michigan.
The author notes that, "the pollster who conducted the survey says the result goes against the trend and may be a one-time change." It never seems to have occurred to the pollster to question the accuracy of previous polls or to compare the questioning employed in this poll with the earlier ones to try to analyze the difference.
In any case, these poll results don't surprise us. Overwhelmingly, in the majority of cases when voters have been given the opportunity to vote on marriage, they have expressed the view that marriage should be defined as the union of one man and one woman.
The poll, done May 17-20 exclusively for the Detroit Free Press, WXYZ-TV in Detroit and our statewide media polling partners by EPIC-MRA of Lansing, found that if a vote on allowing same-sex marriage in Michigan were held today, 47% would vote yes and 46% would vote no. The remaining 7% were either undecided or refused to say.
When EPIC-MRA asked Michiganders about same-sex marriage in May 2013, 51% said they supported it and 41% said they were opposed.
The shift in the poll numbers comes as residents await a federal appellate court ruling affecting about 300 gay couples who were married in March, when it was briefly legalized in Michigan — and many more of the state's same-sex couples who would like to do so.
On March 21, U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman struck down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional following a lawsuit brought by a lesbian couple alleging discriminatory adoption rules. Clerks in four Michigan counties opened their offices the next morning, allowing about 300 same-sex couples to marry before the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Friedman's order and halted the marriages later that day.
The case is now set for arguments before the 6th Circuit on Aug. 6 and could be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.