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Breaking News — NO is Not the Loneliest Word!

Brad Coker, the Mason-Dixon pollster working for some Virginia news outlets, also polls for a South Dakota TV station and newspaper.

In a story in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader today, Coker reports that, when he read South Dakota voters ALL of the language of their proposed amendment, 49% said NO, and only 41% said yes. 

The South Dakota proposal, like the Marshall/Newman amendment, prohibits the legislature from “allowing or recognizing civil unions, domestic partnerships and other quasi-marital relationships between two or more persons regardless of sex.”

Coker says in the article that one reason why the South Dakota results might have been different than he expected is the language on civil unions and other quasi-marital relationships.  Duh.

Bottom line here … it’s not just Virginia voters who understand that this kind of language opens a Pandora’s box of unintended consequences and simply goes too far. 

And, it’s ample supporting evidence for a point that Coker has acknowledged:  a poll that actually asks voters the real question they’ll face in NOvember rather than a summary is a more accurate gauge of their support.  And, what did that poll say?  Only 45% of Virginians said yes to Marshall/Newman, while 54% said NO or were undecided!


August 5, 2006 - Posted by | politics of marriage, straight couples, unintended consequences

1 Comment »

  1. This is good news! Now back to work to get more people to read the whole thing.

    Comment by vjp | August 5, 2006 | Reply

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