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Poll Data supports Marriage Equality April 1, 2009

Posted by truthspew in Gay rights, marriage equality, politics, religion.

As you well know, I’ve been having a rather extended email conversation with the Rev. John Codega of Christ the Redeemer Church in West Warwick, RI. In that exchange a lot of statistical data gets thrown about from sources such as the American Religious Identification Survey(PDF), ProJo Polls, etc.

I’ve been making the point that more than half of RI’ers support the right of gay people to marry one another, otherwise known as marriage equality.

Apparently Gallup did a recent national poll on Catholic/Non Catholic attitudes towards many of the dividing social issues of today, but they did a further classification, they classified by regular church attendance and non-regular attendance, E.G. Catholic in name only. I know quite a few of the latter category.

I do applaud Gallup for indicating their study methodology:

Survey Methods

Results are based on telephone interviews with an aggregated sample of 3,022 national adults, aged 18 and older, interviewed in polls conducted in May 2006, May 2007, and May 2008. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points.

Interviews are conducted with respondents on land-line telephones (for respondents with a land-line telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell-phone only).

In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

Anyhow, keep in mind that this is a NATIONAL study and there is a bit of data that intrigues me.

It’s under the heading “Moral Acceptability of Issues Among Catholics and Non-Catholics”, look down at the category “Homosexual Relations”. 54% find it morally acceptable. Now the really interesting part is that the Providence Journal had a poll asking if marriage equality should be granted in RI and guess what the percentages came out to, 54% in favor. I realize I’m comparing dissimilar items since the ProJo poll doesn’t have the additional data points of membership, and frequency.

But the reason I think this is interesting is because RI is still an overwhelmingly Catholic state, I dare say the northeast in general is that way.

We’re gaining support from all corners now, the tide is turning and I believe a lot has to do with our visibility.



1. Mark in DE - April 1, 2009

Marriage is a human right; not a hetero privelege. This right should be recognized and enforced by the court system nationwide, and NOT left up to public vote. The majority will always vote to keep rights/power from the minority. That’s why the court recognition and enforcement is necessary!

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