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August 05, 2011


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PPP,I am the person who suggested the personal impact question relating to same-sex marriage. I just want to thank you for soliciting and actually listening to, input from your blog readers. This really demonstrates that PPP is an organization which is focused on gleaning the most useful data in the most accurate manner, and which will not let things like pride of authorship get in the way of that goal.As I mentioned when I suggested this question, the only other time it has been asked (to my knowledge) was by the Des Moines Register in 2010, on the 1st anniversary of the legalization of gay marriage. The response in that poll was 92% no impact and 8% some impact. The DMR did not break out the impact b/t positive and negative.That result surprised me. I expected a response more like the one you obtained in VT. Not b/c I think that there really has been much impact either way, but rather b/c on a hot button social issue, there would be a natural tendency to support ones political position with an affirmation that the issue has real personal impact. In that regard, I wonder how it might have affected the results if the personal impact question had come *before* the question about support/opposition. I suspect you would have seen a higher percentage saying no impact if that question had come first, although probably not 92%.Anyway, thanks for doing such a great job!


Those numbers seem to back up the theory that Socialism has become a meaningless buzzword, interchangeably used to describe tyrannical regime or basic safety net depending on the desired context.


Im not surprised by the number on the issue of marriage. In fact, Im happy about them.

Dustin Ingalls

I think a lot of the no impact people in IA would have said positive impact if offered the choice, to reaffirm their support for gay marriage.

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