Gay Rights Polling

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    Jun 15, 2009 1:12 PM GMT
    Howdy,

    If you recall during the primary and elections I would post polling data like Caslon posts LOLCats. I came across this excellent post on FiveThirtyEight.com with polling data on different GLBT rights in all 50 states. Here is the sexy graph that goes with it.

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    Without a doubt, GLBT groups are pushing the most for Marriage Equality, something they can't have even if their states approve it since DOMA is still around. Even still, it only has a plurality of support in a few states, most of whom already have it.

    Yet, from Massachusetts to Utah a plurality of people support anti-discrimination legislation and health benefits.

    The question is, should we urge our lobbying groups to focus more on these other popular rights issues, or should we urge them to keep pressing on the marriage issue even if it isn't popular and DOMA makes it comparatively empty (from a rights perspective)?
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    Jun 15, 2009 1:39 PM GMT
    Well it certainly tells me not to live in states of the Old South, nor around Mormons. Interesting that California ranks so high, yet passed Prop 8.

    Also tracks fairly closely with the Red-Republican states versus Blue-Democratic. Which additionally tells me to certainly not live with a Republican. LOL!
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    Jun 16, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    Good stuff! As another lover of lists and rankings, this is another I can use to make a red vs blue map of the states.
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    Jun 16, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    This makes me proud to be from MA! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 16, 2009 1:39 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa said Interesting that California ranks so high, yet passed Prop 8


    However, Prop 8 passed by about the same margin it polled at in this survey.

    MtndudeSF saidGood stuff! As another lover of lists and rankings, this is another I can use to make a red vs blue map of the states.


    That would produce some fairly misleading results.

    Alaska is a pretty damn red state. Having produced Sarah Palin and home of Don Young and Uncle Ted Stevens. Yet, it is number 18 on this list; ahead of pretty blue states like Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

    In terms of current rights as a function of popular attitude, Iowa makes no sense at all. Here it has Marriage Equality, the least popular measure, but it is in the second half of states, polling similarly to Wyoming.

    Similarly, New York is number five on that list but Marriage Equality has not passed the Senate the last three sessions at least.
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    Jun 16, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    really cool visual....hang on.... I am ... adding some states to my shit list....LOL

    your points about the gaps are interesting. There have been other postings about the framing of the question about same sex marriage. All very interesting. I wrote my handwritten letter and called my senator and have been encouraging straight people I know to do the same.

    I think the majority of people aren't seeing the issue (rights)


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