AOL poll on gay marriage and gays in the military

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    Mar 07, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    Was just looking at an informal poll that AOL has set up that was interesting. Two questions: 1) What's your take on gay marriage? and 2) Do you agree with gays serving in the military?

    The results were interesting. Seems most have no problem with gays fighting for their rights but have a hang up about sharing those rights gays. Here are the numbers:

    What's your take on gay marriage? (145,840 responses)

    Should be legal 45% (65,954)
    Against it being legal 36% (52,786)
    Don't care one way or the other 19% (27,100)

    * Wow, a big group that don't care, wonder where they're from?


    Should gays be allowed to serve in the military? (138,344 responses)

    Should be able to serve openly 60% (82,645)
    Prefer don't ask/don't tell 30% (41,270)
    Should not be allowed to serve 10% (14,429)

    * Serve away, just don't expect us to recognize your service.

    * Editor's comments. Also, I did not check the math or do the math, this is directly from the AOL posting.
  • DCEric

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    Mar 08, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
    Scientific poll fail.

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    Not to rain on your parade, but these numbers will be skewed higher because of who the people are that are answering the questions.
  • styrgan

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    Mar 08, 2009 2:14 AM GMT
    Yeah AOL polls are notoriously skewed.

    Unlike informal surveys posted on news websites like CNN or MSNBC, they are not on a homepage visited by the site's members or viewers. They depend on the person actually reading the news story to answer the survey.

    The "poll" in question was linked to a story about a gay couple that had been together for five decades. Who do you honestly expect to be reading that story? Certainly not the homophobes who are against gay marriage.
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    Mar 08, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    I have found the polls taken on AOL get very conservative results. I am not sure why except I've been told AOL has lots of older members. I dont know if that is the case but in the AOL polls for the Presidential election John McCain was beating Barack Obama handily just before the election!!
  • WApilot

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    Jan 21, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    Septimeus saidI have found the polls taken on AOL get very conservative results. I am not sure why except I've been told AOL has lots of older members. I dont know if that is the case but in the AOL polls for the Presidential election John McCain was beating Barack Obama handily just before the election!!



    that's because AOL IS conservative. Anybody that knows about politics knows which polls are skewed either left or right and the general demographic that normally answer to those polls. Rassmussen is another conservative poll not to trust. If you want a real poll, check out Gallop or PPP (Public Policy Polling) for better results.

    I never look or take AOL polls because they're always taken by the most redneck, racist, homophobic people in the country.