August 30, 2004


Poll: Ohioans Support Amendment (10TV, 8/30/04)

Sixty-two percent of Ohioans responding to a poll by The Columbus Dispatch support a proposed state constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to one man and one woman.

Supporters say the proposed amendment reinforces the state's Defense of Marriage Act that took effect earlier this year. The act denies some state benefits to unmarried employees' partners.

Twenty-six percent of respondents were opposed to the proposed amendment, according to the poll published Monday.

Voters in Missouri passed a similar gay marriage ban earlier this month with 71 percent in favor, and several other states will consider the issue in the general election. [...]

The Dispatch Poll used the same language approved earlier this month by the Ohio Ballot Board. The mail survey of 3,176 randomly selected Ohio voters was conducted Aug. 18 through Aug. 27. It has a margin of sampling error of 2 percentage points.

Support for the gay marriage amendment is divided among backers of President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry.

Among Bush supporters, the proposal is ahead 84 percent to 9 percent. The measure is opposed 43 to 40 by those behind Kerry.

The proposal was supported by voters in all regions of Ohio - especially in the southeast - and from all demographic groups except Jewish respondents and those who said they have no religion.

The fact that every wedge issue works in Republicans favor by such a wide margin is why Karl Rove thinks you can win just by carrying the conservative base.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2004 6:48 PM

Sad that the views of "Jewish" and "no religion" are so similar, on this and other issues.

Posted by: pj at August 30, 2004 8:27 PM

Does explain why they're Democrats though.

Posted by: oj at August 30, 2004 8:38 PM

From a comment on the next up post:
"By a margin of 56% to 19% they say the country is going in the wrong direction."

There's a disconnect here. 62 to 23 are for a gay-marriage banning amendment, yet 56/19 say this is the wrong direction?

I don't think so. Unless by "wrong direction" they mean that we've not yet flattened Fallujhia and Najif (sp?).

Posted by: ray at August 30, 2004 10:03 PM

Intriguing that Andrew Sullivan devoted much of his return to posting to Republican evil on the gay issue, but no word on the 71-29 vote in MO.

If the average vote across the country (for states holding referenda) is just 65-35, Karl Rove may well be right.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 30, 2004 10:58 PM