Minnesota Family Council says its poll suggests Minnesotans want a governor against gay marriage

The Minnesota Family Council, along with the National Organization for Marriage, released a poll that,  they say, shows Minnesota voters want a governor who opposes gay marriage. And the groups believe the gay marriage issue could influence the November election for governor.

The poll was taken at the end of August and early September,and consists of telephone interviews with 695 likely voters.

The gist of the poll, according to MFC:

“When voters were asked which gubernatorial candidate they supported without knowing the candidates position on marriage, Dayton received 42% of the vote, Tom Emmer 33% and Tom Horner 12%. When people were then told that Dayton and Horner supported redefining marriage to include homosexual couples and refused to support allowing the people to vote on the issue, Emmer’s vote total rose 9 percentage points to 42%, Dayton’s dropped 6 percentage points to 36% of the vote, and Horner dropped 3 points to 9%.”

Said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage:

“The fact that the marriage issue can move Emmer from nine points down to six points ahead — a 15-percentage-point swing — is a very powerful demonstration of voters’ determination to defend traditional marriage. Voters in Minnesota speak with a clear voice — they support traditional marriage and they don’t want backroom political deals or unaccountable judges to redefine it.”

And Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council, said:

“Clearly, this survey shows that voters do not want elected officials or courts redefining marriage and that the majority of the electorate supports traditional marriage in Minnesota. This should serve as a wake-up call to those seeking elected office that people feel strongly about marriage and any attempt to redefine marriage while bypassing a vote of the people will be met with electoral consequences.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Fred Fuhldang on 09/13/2010 - 01:27 pm.

    All this survey shows is that push polling can be effective. If you tailor a loaded question in the right way, you can get people to say whatever you want. Take it with a grain of salt.

  2. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/13/2010 - 01:42 pm.

    ‘Likely voters’ for who?

  3. Submitted by Michael Zalar on 09/14/2010 - 01:35 am.

    Checking up on the poll, I find it was conducted by “Lawrence Research” of Santa Ana, CA. It doesn’t seem to be much of a company, according to a company profile on Manta (http://www.manta.com/c/mmdg4dw/lawrence-research)
    “Lawrence Research is a private company categorized under Market Analysis, Business, and Economic Research and located in Santa Ana, CA. Our records show it was established in 1986 and incorporated in California. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of unknown and employs a staff of approximately 1 to 4.”
    I could not find a direct link to the company, the links from several other sites (including Manta) were dead.

    Another site notes that Lawrnece Reasearch supported Californias Prop 8 to ban gay marriage:
    “Lawrence Research gave: $5,000 on 7/24/08

    Lawrence Research is a full-service research firm specializing in public affairs issues and marketing. Owned by Gary Lawrence, the company offers a full line of research services, including telephone surveys, focus groups, video dial tests and specialty group research. Lawrence and former partner Dick Wirthlin got their start working for Ronald Reagan. He currently serves as the Area Grass Roots Coordinator of the Church of Latter Day Saints–Yes on 8 campaign yesonprop8.blogspot.com/2008/08/gary-lawrence-grass-roots-coordinator.html. Lawrence is also writing a book “How Americans View Mormonism; Seven Steps to Improve Our Image.” Check out his writings at: http://www.meridianmagazine.com/ideas/080711war.html

    Another site lists the contributions by Lawrence Research as $25,000.00 (http://www.emaso.com/countycontributors.aspx?cid=30

    It seems the pollster may have been a bit biased.

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