Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Ind. Gov't. - "Same sex marriage ban opponents tout new poll showing Indiana voters split on issue"
The subhead to Jon Murray's new IndyStar story: "Opposition grows when respondents are told amendment also would ban civil unions." Some quotes:
On the same day GOP legislators are set to meet privately to discuss Indiana’s proposed constitutional gay marriage ban, an anti-amendment coalition today released a poll showing voters are split on the issue.
Freedom Indiana’s poll of 800 registered voters found 46 percent opposed amending the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, while 43 percent said they would vote for it. That lead by opponents is within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Including those leaning toward voting one way or the other, 48 percent were opposed and 45 percent were in favor of the amendment.
The margin widened significantly, however, when respondents were asked a more detailed question that indicated the amendment would also ban civil unions as well as domestic partnership benefits. (Some amendment supporters dispute that benefits are in jeopardy.)
On that question, 52 percent said they would vote no on the amendment, and 33 percent said they would vote yes. Including leaners, the split was 54 percent opposed to 35 percent in favor.
Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson said the poll, conducted by Bellwether Research, shows Hoosiers are uncomfortable amending the constitution.
“Hoosiers do not want our Constitution amended, and we hope lawmakers will hear that message and make the right decision during the legislative session to either let this amendment die or vote it down,” she said in a news release. “We're working every day to reach out across the state and let folks know that this amendment will rewrite our Constitution to remove protections for certain Hoosiers and send the wrong message about our state.”
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 24, 2013 12:49 PM
Posted to Indiana Government