In Iowa Polling, Divergent Results on Statistics RE Gay Marriage
In two separate polls on gay marriage, Iowa comes in with statistics revealing divergent conclusions: In one, gay marriage is deemed to be not a big issue, in the other, 75% would like to vote to ban it.
Two polls on gay marriage, one at KCCI Channel 8 (Des Moines’ CBS affiliate) and the other at The Des Moines Register, The Register also released their Iowa Republican Gubernatorial Primary Iowa Poll.
Looking at the gay marriage polls first…
KCCI claims that a majority of Iowans support same-sex marriage with 53% saying they favor it with 41% opposed. They don’t include a link unlike their Governor’s race and Senate race poll (also just released) that shows details like sample size, party breakdown, gender breakdown, etc.
The author, Vander Hart, has a hard time believing that it isn’t the same polling company, Research 2000, that conducted that poll.
He says that to him, it doesn’t make sense to commission two separate polls when you could just ask additional questions while you have people on the phone.
Regardless, he and others have a difficult time believing that Iowa - which is known to be right of center - would be more liberal than California and Maine, or 31 other states which lean in favor of traditional marriage.