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September 17, 2013


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Not sure who you copied here or in Wisconsin! ;)

Keep up the great work. Especially the jousting with Republican trolls on Twitter like Brad Todd.


Mr. Jensen:

I want to thank you for really listening to the input that shows up in these comments. A few weeks ago, I suggested that PPP reverse the order of the gay marriage questions to see if that yielded a different result on the personal impact question. And you did. It really says something good about PPP's openness and creativity, that you are willing to try out new ideas.

So as it turns out, my suspicions were misplaced. Switching the order of the questions yielded no change. In Maine, when the allow/disallow question came first and the personal impact question second, 38% reported either a positive or negative impact. In NH, when the question order was reversed, 39% reported either a negative or positive impact. So my suspicion that the allow/disallow question was priming the personal impact question is dispelled. To my knowledge, the only other pollster to ever ask the personal impact question was the Des Moines Register in 2010, on the 1-year anniversary of gay marriage in IA. They got a 92% "no impact" response. They polled on this only that one time to my knowledge.

That PPP regularly gets only about 60% no impact made me think that priming might be going on. But I think it is fair to say now that the DMR's single poll on that question is the outlier.

Thank you so much for testing this out. And thank you too for polling on this issue generally. I can tell you that a lot of gay and lesbian people know PPP because of this and it means a great deal to all of us that you care enough to regularly poll on this issue in different states.

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