Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Bluegrass State Poll: Kentucky's Marriage Amendment still wins in a landslide

Today's Family Foundation press release on the new Blugrass State Poll:


LEXINGTON, KY—The Family Foundation responded to today's Bluegrass Poll results on same-sex marriage by pointing out that a significant majority of Kentuckians are still in favor of the State Constitution's traditional definition of marriage.

"If this was an election, it would be considered a landslide," said Martin Cothran, spokesman for the group. "There has been some erosion in support, but that's to be expected in a culture in which government, Hollywood, the media, and academia are busy running down traditional moral beliefs. If conservatives had control of these institutions, they could pull a little support their way too."

Cothran also pointed out that the poll is irrelevant: "This issue is now in the hands of unelected federal judges who have taken the issue out of the hands of voters. As with issues like abortion, our views no longer matter."

The Bluegrass Poll found that support for the state Marriage Amendment, which defines marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman in Kentucky, had decreased slightly but was still significant. It also found that support for same-sex marriage was greater for younger respondents than older respondents.

"Younger people are always more socially liberal than older people," said Cothran. "That is not a surprise. People get more conservative as they grow older and get more conservative after they have families."



KyCobb said...

So Martin, to be consistent, if a majority of Kentucky voters passed a constitutional amendment dissolving your marriage, would you respect their will and say goodbye to your wife, or would you go to court and fight for your constitutional rights?

KyCobb said...

Wow, I hadn't looked at the poll before I commented. I had assumed from your post that well over 50% of Kentuckians still opposed same sex marriage, but it turns out you lied; only 50% if Kentuckians oppose marriage equality! You must have been devastated that in just a few months since the last poll opposition has dropped five points and you no longer have a majority opposing marriage equality. If we put repeal on the ballot in a couple of years, the amendment would likely be repealed, but the Supreme Court will have voided it before then anyway. Its the last round, Martin, and anti-gay bigotry is going down for the count.

Martin Cothran said...


You are correct that this is inaccurate. It should not have stated "majority." I think it was an actual majority (since it was a tad over 50 percent), but it is inaccurate to say that a "significant majority of Kentuckians" are in favor of the state's marriage law.

What it should have said was that the number of people in favor is significantly more than those opposed.