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New Washington Post Poll: An Informed Voter is a NO voter; Poll Results “Defy Expectations”

The Washington Post poll reported today shows that support for Ballot Question #1 disappears when voters understand its full impact; the vote on the amendment ties at 48%-47% when voters hear arguments on both sides!  Voters also show support for civil unions.

Poll results were described in the story as appearing to defy expectations:

“This is quite a surprise,” said Daniel A. Smith, an associate professor of political science at the University of Florida. “In an ostensibly conservative state like Virginia, you’d expect to see the numbers up around 60 or 70 percent.”

This confirms what Coalition polling showed in July:  an informed voter is a NO voter!

You can help us make sure all Virginia voters are informed; go to to volunteer and contribute.

Here are the Post’s poll questions and the responses:

12. Amendment One on the November ballot would add to the state’s Constitution a definition of marriage as being ONLY the union of one man and one woman.

It would also keep Virginia from creating or recognizing any legal status for relationships of unmarried persons that assign the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities or effects of marriage.

If the election were held today, would you vote yes or no on Amendment One?

                Yes     No     No opinion 10/12/06 LV      53     43           4

13. (Supporters say the measure would mean that same-sex marriages would never be approved or recognized in the Commonwealth of Virginia.) (Opponents say the proposed language is too broad, and would endanger contracts made between unmarried heterosexual couples.)

With these arguments in mind, if the election were held today, would you vote yes or no on Amendment One?

                Yes     No     No opinion 10/12/06 LV      48     47           5

14. Do you think homosexual couples should or should not be allowed to form legally recognized civil unions, giving them the legal rights of married couples in areas such as health insurance, inheritance and pension coverage?

                Should     Should not     No opinion 10/12/06 LV       48           47               5

October 17, 2006 - Posted by | civil unions, politics of marriage, unintended consequences


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