New Poll: Support of California Anti-Marriage Amendment Drops
September 18, 2008 by Bryan
Let me preface this by saying two things. This in no way means we can relax in the fight to maintain marriage equality in California AND people lie in polls when it comes to controversial issues like this. Even though it’s on the phone — people are more likely to lie as to not come across as a supporter of discrimination. A perfect example of that was in Oregon during Measure 36 in 2004.
The Field Poll released this week finds that only 38 percent of likely voters support the measure, known as Proposition 8. Fifty-five percent of those polled say they will vote against the amendment, the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported Thursday.
The last Field Poll, taken in July, found only a nine point spread, with 42 percent in favor of amending the constitution and 51 percent against banning gay marriage.
But the change in wording had little effect on swaying voters away from the amendment, the new Field Poll shows.
The pollsters gave half of the likely voters the original wording and the other half the new wording. In both cases, only 38 percent said they would support the proposed amendment.
Field found that Republicans were more likely to support the amendment than Democrats. Voters in San Francisco and Los Angeles were more likely to oppose the amendment, while those inland were generally favorable to the measure.