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Poll: Two thirds of Americans wrongly think a majority in the US oppose equal marriage

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  1. That’s probably because right wing media are constantly spinning the idea that a majority oppose it to prop up their anti-equality views, and then it gets repeated often enough that people believe it. Also because the media are often far more interested in conflict for entertainment, so if they have an equal marriage section on their channel they will often get an opponent of it to talk about it (rather than a supporter).

    1. This definitely proves how distorted the media picture is. I suspect it would produce similar results here, where anti views and declarations get way more coverage than they warrant.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 14 May 2013, 2:03pm

        To some extent it has according to the lack of media attention given to supporters of equal marriage. No balanced programming on the BBC, all one sided in favour of the opposition. ITV doesn’t do much either. Of course the Daily Hate Mail and Telegraph are leading the media charge and acting as the loudspeaker for C4M and other hate groups such as Christian Concern, Anglican Mainstream and SPUC, with little or no rebuttal from supportive papers such as the Guardian and Evening standard, although Reuters endorses equal marriage.

  2. Lion in Winter 13 May 2013, 6:24pm

    Poll: Two thirds of Americans wrongly think.

  3. This isn’t hugely surprising. It’s pretty common for people to be a bit behind the times about topics they are not hugely interested in. The “silent majority” of people who would vote in favour of marriage equality, but who are not actively campaigning for it, often won’t realise they’re in a majority, having never had reason to think too hard about it. And I’m sure that’s true in most countries, not just America.

    Of course, it is also true that the media likes to turn everything into a controversy, and give equal coverage to both sides in the name of balance, even when that isn’t justified. That won’t be helping either.

    1. There’s also the tendency for political discussion in the media to be dominated by straight cis middle-aged white men, which tends to amplify that demographic’s views. Women, younger people, and obviously LGBT people, are consistently more likely to support LGBT equality, but are less likely to hold high-profile political offices and get invited to debates.

  4. Steve from Tacoma, WA 14 May 2013, 12:20am

    News just in:

    Two thirds of Americans are uneducated, from religious cults telling them what to do, stupid to think for themselves, gullible and fox news viewer assholes!

    And two thirds of Americans think in 1969 man did not walk on the moon and that Elvis is still flipping burgers in Florida too!

    Also;
    Two thirds of Americans want slavery back too!

  5. MattISaTOOL 14 May 2013, 1:42pm

    If their was a nation wide referendum on gay marriage I’m certain it will fail. I would like to know which areas these polls are done?.. We will like to believe it.. but im a realist and can’t see a majority in favour..

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 14 May 2013, 2:11pm

      You don’t call for referenda on social issues. If that had been the practice in the British system, women would still not be able to vote (the Anglican cult was vehemently opposed to women’s rights) , no interracial marriage, no abortion rights, in fact it would make the UK one of the most unequal, undemocratic societies on the planet. We would be living under mob rule and subjected to the tyranny of the majority over the minority. We would end up being a pariah state. You sound like a suitable candidate for the UKIP. Just the sort of thing they and their friends on the Tory back benches endorse.

      You can bet if there were a call for a referendum to disestablish the state cult, there would be fierce opposition and uproar by the same bigots screaming abuse of religious freedom.

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