USA: New Poll Shows Divide Over DOMA Repeal

Written by scott on June 6th, 2013

titleYet another poll to share with you today – a HuffPost/YouGov poll that shows a surprisingly low number in support of repeal of DOMA. The Huffington Post reports:

According to the survey, 41 percent of Americans said the Supreme Court should overturn DOMA and 45 percent said it should uphold the law, which forbids the federal government from recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian couples, even in states where those marriages are legal. That split reflects the divide among Americans more generally over whether the federal government should recognize same-sex marriages: 43 percent said it should, and 45 percent said it should not.

The Huffington Post explains the poll methodology:

A CNN/ORC poll in March found a similar percentage saying the federal government should not recognize same-sex marriages (43 percent) but a larger percentage saying it should recognize them (56 percent). The earlier poll differed from the HuffPost/YouGov survey both in its methodology (live phone interviews versus online interviews using YouGov’s opt-in panel) and in not offering an explicit “don’t know” response. Most telephone surveys do not prompt respondents with a “don’t know” option, recording that answer only if the respondents volunteer it. By contrast, web surveys can only offer “don’t know” or “not sure” as an explicit option.

Still, the numbers seem low to me, based on everything else we see here at GMW – anyone else have any info on this poll?

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