David Savage: There is a
Bare Stable Majority Against Gay Marriage
David Savage reports that the California move towards gay marriage is unlikely to result in a national trend. Part of the reason? A “stable majority” against gay marriage:
However, recent national polls have shown what the Pew Research Center called a “stable majority” opposed to marriage for gays and lesbians. Last year, it said that among those it surveyed, 55% opposed allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, whereas 36% supported the idea. This was roughly the same result as in 2004, when the Massachusetts court ruled.
It is also similar to the Los Angeles Times/KTLA Poll of Californians taken last week. By a 19-point margin, respondents favored a measure targeted for the November ballot that would limit marriage to a man and a woman.
Get with the program, David! This 19-point margin of which you speak is no “stable majority.” It’s a “bare majority.” Also a narrow margin. Voters are only slimly and narrowly rejecting gay marriage, by a bit.
Don’t you read your own paper?