Thursday: Obama, Bush Pollsters Present New Meta-Analysis of Polling on the Freedom to Marry


Majority Support Is Diverse, and Opposition Isolated

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Press Contact:
Nicole Collins Bronzan
Communications Director, Freedom to Marry

New York -- Joel Benenson, a leading Democratic pollster, and Dr. Jan van Lohuizen, a top Republican pollster, will release a new meta-analysis of national polling data and trends on the freedom to marry. Their analysis, based on recent polling and exit polls from the 2012 election, shows that a growing, broad, and diverse majority supports the freedom to marry, while opposition is diminishing and is increasingly isolated within narrow demographic groups.

When: Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m. ET
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Key participants:

  • Joel Benenson, president of Benenson Strategy Group and chief pollster and senior strategist for President Barack Obama
  • Dr. Jan van Lohuizen, president of Voter Consumer Research and chief pollster on the 2004 re-election campaign of President George W. Bush
  • Evan Wolfson, president and founder, Freedom to Marry

Full details of the report will be released to call participants before the wide release. Among the key findings to be discussed:

  • All major non-evangelical religious groups are ready to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.
  • Regardless of their position, 83% of voters believe marriage will be legal for same-sex couples nationally in the next 5-10 years.

Benenson and van Lohuizen’s report reprises their work together on a May 2011 analysis of more than a decade of polling. That report showed a dramatic shift in the political center of gravity of, and intensity of support for, the freedom to marry.


Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.