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Ipsos MORI updates polls to include the option of civil partnerships

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  1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 31 Jan 2014, 12:51pm

    GOOD ! A star for PinkNews !

  2. Glad they’ve done the right thing, but it’s amazing that they allowed their methodology to become so flawed in the first place.

    Updating the categories costs next to nothing, and an opinion research company should have been well aware of the importance of being seen to avoid any bias creeping in, no matter how slight.

    There was no valid excuse; if they were worried that anyone polled might have objected, they could have used the term ‘Married / Civil Partnership’ as the category. Similarly, if they wanted it to be as accurate as possible, then the category could have been split: almost by definition, if you’re in a CP you wouldn’t object to ticking a CP box.

  3. Christie Elan-Cane 31 Jan 2014, 4:03pm

    I am still waiting for response from Ipsos MORI to formal complaint in regards to their surveys inevitably requiring the surveyed to state whether they are male or female, with no provision of a non gender-specific option and no opt out for those who cannot answer this inappropriate question. Indicative of commercial sector’s use of gender as a marketing tool.

  4. Rober Hanwell t 31 Jan 2014, 5:05pm

    It is good to see that Ipsos Mori have responded so promptly and corrected their survey criteria. I actually spoke to Ben Page and he suggested that I might have chosen the marriage option as surely that would suffice in recognition of my union? Well actually no it doesn’t, as I am not married I am civilly partnered. I am actually delighted that I will soon have the right to be married and although I may choose not to, it is important that it gives me the same rights as straight people. Equality! I think straight people should campaign for the same right to be civilly partnered! Wasn’t that Lord Lester of Herne Hill’s original noble aim? It would have provided much needed protection for societies many different kinds of unions between two people sharing their lives together. Sadly it was seen as a threat to marriage which really should have been able to stand on its own two feet and not be so threatened by choice.

    1. Tim Chapman 31 Jan 2014, 5:38pm

      It annoys me when people say “put yourself down as married then”. Civil partnership is not marriage and never will be and I’ll not pretend it is for someone else’s convenience.

    2. Straight people can be civilly partnered here in Aotearoa-New Zealand (which is also where, of course, anyone can be married). You will be reassured to know that the world has not ended, we have not been plagued by locusts and our children are not running delinquent. Hoping the UK government sees the light soon.

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