In NOM's latest blog post, Brian Brown tries desperately to spin public opinion of same-sex marriage on the side of the bigots.
Polling correctly done (e.g. not framing the question as making same-sex relationships "illegal," which severely skews the results) shows that at worst, America is evenly divided on the issue.The ABC/Washington Post poll conducted last month about marriage equality that found 59% support for it asked the question "Overall, do you support or oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?" That question does not ask whether or not same-sex relationships should be legal or illegal, but if same-sex marriages should be legally recognized. Brian, a 59-34-7 split does not equal a 50-50 split.
NOM's own exit polling after the 2012 elections showed that 60% of all voters who turned out to actually cast ballots — Democrat, Republican and Independent — supported the position that marriage should be the union of one man and one woman.So it's not a random sample that reflects the views of everyone, but only the views of those more likely to vote, which you yourself have said are older, more conservative voters. The other thing, Brian, is that that was from November 2012, almost exactly 18 months ago. Times have changed. You don't use old data to assess the present.
Finally (emphasis original):
And that number jumped to 80% of likely Republican and Republican-leaning Independent voters in a recent poll done by the Family Research Council and American Values.If you've been reduced to polling just one political party to try to make your case that your mission is popular, chances are it's not.
Still, this does seem to be more conciliatory than their previous insistence that they are the majority. Who knows how long it will be before they accept that they will lose. It might take time, but they will.