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A Poll Worth Freeping

by David Badash on February 12, 2011

in Marriage,Polling

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Editor’s note: This guest piece is by Scott Wooledge, and was originally posted at Pam’s House Blend. Thanks to Scott and Pam for allowing us to post it here as well!

Public Policy Polling is asking folks to weigh in on where they should poll next? The choices? Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Washington.

The Poll is here.

I’m recommending you surf over and click “Rhode Island.” Here’s why:

It’s a very easy way for our community to put good (free) data into the hands of the advocates in that state to make their case to the legislators. It’s been seven months near as I can see since we’ve had reliable polling in Rhode Island on the issue of marriage equality. In June 2009, National Organization for Marriage was up to their usual dirty tricks. They commissioned a poll that allegedly showed 43% opposed and 36% support.

Of course, this is NOM’s usual nonsense and lies. The sample pool was probably culled from a Tea Party Convention. The last poll I can find was commissioned by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research in July, 2010. A survey of 502 likely voters showed very, very different results:

“Do you favor or oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally?”

Favor: 59%
Oppose: 31%

As the vote heats up in Rhode Island, surely NOM will be quoting their fake poll left and right. Unlike, National Organization for Marriage, however, Public Policy Polling is a well-respected pollster with creditability. If they were to release similar results at this time, it could well resonate with lawmakers who are on the fence about this issue. Fresh headlines of support can only help move that vote in our favor and marginalize the opposition.

Now, there’s no guarantee that Public Policy Polling will actually ask anything about marriage equality. But with the battle looming large in that state, they’d very remiss if they didn’t include a question.

I’ve been assured that last time they conducted such a survey, they did indeed go with the popular vote winner.

The Poll is here. It take just a moment to click on it. It ends Monday.

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Lee Dorsey February 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Sorry went there. Not secure. You will be spammed forever.

Scott Wooledge February 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I don't know how you think it can cause spam when the poll doesn't even ask for an email.

I've participated in PPP internet polls in the past, and never been spammed.

Andrea Crain February 12, 2011 at 10:57 pm

The text below the poll seems to indicate that they'll be polling about candidates, not issues.

Alex Laska February 13, 2011 at 12:27 am

Just so you know, many times in the past they've eliminated states which received a very large number of votes in a very short amount of time. They track the numbers constantly, and when it's obvious that a lot of people who otherwise never read PPP are all voting for one particular state, they toss the votes. That's sort of the point of polling their READERS.

At any rate, I, a regular reader of PPP's blog, voted for Connecticut, since it's my home state and I'm interested in the Senate Dem primacy race.

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