Brian Raum

The reality is that wording of the question is critical. Moreover, taken together, the ambiguity of the Gallup question and the fluctuation in language over time, really limit the usefulness of this particular poll with regard to same-sex “marriage” inquiries. A better poll for this application, with questions asked forthrightly, was conducted by the Alliance Defense Fund and Public Opinion Strategies during May 16-19 of this year—better not because of who asked the question, but how the question was asked.

On the issue of marriage, the ADF/POS poll found that 62 percent of those polled agreed that “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” That means nearly two-thirds of those polled believe marriage should remain what it has been for so many millennia, rather than be changed to accommodate the demands of the homosexual agenda.

This is consistent with results we have seen in votes on marriage amendments at the state level, where 63 percent of voters have favored protecting marriage.

Interestingly, these numbers reflect the kind numbers Gallup was getting before they changed the wording of their questions.

Brian Raum

Brian Raum serves as senior counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund.