New Mormon “Independent” Poll says 64% of Americans are Against Same Sex Marriage
The Deseret News, a Mormon run biased newspaper with little journalistic credibility recently ran an article that Lawrence Research (owned and operated by Gary C. Lawrence) has recently released a new poll which contends that 64% of American’s are against same sex marriage. Although Gallup’s poll contends that 52% of American’s favor same sex marriage, Gary Lawrence (a card carrying Mormon) claims those pollsters ask the wrong questions. Of course, Gary definitely knows how to ask a question. It’s Gary and Company which conducted polls in California during the Proposition 8 vote. Additionally, when asked about his data and how it’s collected, neither Deseret News (a Mormon newspaper) or Gary would answer how many were polled, in what States and specifically what questions were asked. Like the Mormon leadership, Gary just expects the public to ‘trust’ him.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — When it comes to polls about same-sex marriage, it’s all about how you ask the question. A new national poll by Lawrence Research found that 64 percent of Americans feel that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. Thirty-three percent feel marriage should be redefined to include any two people.
The poll results may seem to contradict a Gallup poll in May that found 53 percent of Americans thought “marriage between same-sex couples should … be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriage.”
But the results, like the issue itself, are open to debate.
Gary Lawrence is the president of Lawrence Research in Santa Ana, Calif., and is very familiar with both the topic and the polling. His company conducted polls in 2008 for the “Yes on 8” campaign, which successfully pushed for the passage of Proposition 8 in California to define marriage as between a man and a woman.
Maggie Gallagher, the president of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and the former president of the National Organization for Marriage, thinks Lawrence’s poll results match the results at the ballot box when the question is put to voters. “People are becoming increasingly sensitive to not wanting to be perceived as hostile to gay people and that is affecting the polling,” Gallagher said. She said this change has a lot to do with what she perceives as an enormous change in gay marriage advocates’ rhetoric following the passage of Proposition 8. “In the past they acknowledged that not everyone who opposes gay marriage is a bigot or a hater or a discriminator. But the main message in the press now is that if you simply don’t believe in gay marriage, that in itself, is enough to demonstrate that you have bigotry or animus,” Gallagher said. “And people are becoming reluctant to tell pollsters what they really believe unless they have a signal from the pollster that it is safe to do so.”
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