Saturday, July 2, 2011

Poll: Drake's Data!

A recent Iowa Poll on the societal change that Marriage Equality has had within the state was just released by Drake University.  The Iowa Independent reports...
[T]he survey revealed a significant misconception. A majority of respondents believe that average Iowans’ view of same-sex marriage is unfavorable (46.8 percent). The survey itself, which notes general support for same-sex marriage and belief of a positive impact due to same-sex marriage in Iowa, shows this is a false impression.
Also, in relation to the November 2010 judicial retention vote that resulted in the ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court justices who participated in the unanimous decision to strike an Iowa law barring same-sex marriage as a violation of the state’s equal-protection clause, nearly all survey respondents — 95.5 percent — believe special interest groups influenced the outcome of that vote, with 51.4 percent believing that voters did not understand the Varnum decision and 30.5 percent did not understand the purpose of a retention vote.
Ultimately, 60% of those polled (a sample of 1,760 out of 3,046,355 Iowans [in the 2010 census]) were accepting of Civil Marriage Equality!  This has, to date, been the largest such study on this allegedly "controversial" issue.  One wonders how Magola plans on spinning this academic study?  Indeed, considering the last vote which fired three of our Supreme Court Justices, it seems as though - as a result of this poll - that we desperately need to educate the public about the role of the Judiciary, and what precisely they were voting for.

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