Changing Tides in the Fight for LGBT Rights

Huffington Post
December 4, 2008
GLAAD's Neil Guiliano discusses the results of a survey commissioned by his organization that found that despite recent Election Day setbacks, "majorities of Americans favor policies and legal protections for LGBT Americans, and support for our community has been growing over the past five years." [Link]

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Poll: Calif. marriage ban driven by religion

Associated Press
December 4, 2008
The Public Policy Institute of California released a poll Wednesday reporting that economic status and religious affiliation played the strongest roles in determining whether voters supported Prop. 8; age and race were found to be less influential. [Link]

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New Survey Finds Americans Evenly Split on Same-Sex Marriages, Legal Protections

The Desert Sun
December 3, 2008
GLAAD's "Pulse of Equality" poll, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that majorities of Americans favor key legal protections for LGBT people. While Americans are evenly split on marriage, 75% favor some form of relationship recognition. [Link]
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About 6 in 10 Iowans Back Same-Sex Unions, Poll Finds

Des Moines Register
November 26, 2008
A poll by the University of Iowa found that a majority of Iowans support relationship recognition for gay couples: 28.1 percent of respondents said they favor marriage; 30.2 percent back civil unions; 32 percent oppose both; and 10 percent are undecided. [Link]

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Prop 8 Buyers’ Remorse Setting In Fast

Daily Kos
November 24, 2008
Daily Kos cites a new SurveyUSA poll whose title claims "'No on Prop 8' Protesters Have Not Changed Many Minds in California" despite its numbers showing that in just a few weeks, eight percent of those surveyed who voted for Prop. 8 say protests have changed their minds on the issue. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Sentiments Shift

Hartford Courant
November 20, 2008
The Hartford Courant editorial board says that public sentiment is shifting in favor of LGBT equality, referring to gay visibility in popular culture, companies' diversity policies, anti-discrimination laws, and recent polling showing support for marriage in Conn. and the repeal of DADT. [Link]

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Prop 8 a Toss-Up

FiveThirtyEight.com
October 23, 2008
On the one hand, there have been suggestions that there is something of 'Bradley Effect' on polling on marriage bans, and that such measures tend to overperform their polls, although a more recent analysis refutes this suggestion. On the other hand, because ballot measures are confusing, it is usually better to be on the 'No' side of them ... people tend to vote 'no' on things that they don't understand. [Link]

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Survey: Asian-Americans overwhelmingly support marriage equality

San Jose Mercury News
October 15, 2008
Asian-Americans in California overwhelmingly oppose a ballot measure that would ban gay couples' marriages in the state, according to a ground-breaking survey released today. The poll found that 57 percent of Asian-Americans likely to vote in the Nov. 4 election oppose Proposition 8. Only 32 percent planned to vote for the measure, with 11 percent undecided. [Link]
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Young Evangelical Christians and the 2008 Election

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
September 30, 2008
Young evangelical Christians display generational differences on some key social issues. A majority of younger white evangelicals support some form of legal recognition for civil unions or marriage for same-sex couples. [Link]

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Poll: Anti-gay ban not wooing voters

San Francisco Chronicle
September 25, 2008
Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment to ban gay couples' marriages, is in dire straits, with 55 percent of likely voters opposed and 41 percent in favor of the ban. Making it even tougher for the measure's supporters, only 4 percent of those surveyed were undecided. [Link]

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