A new Washington Post-ABC News poll
last week showed support for gay marriage hitting an all-time high at 58 percent, with support having risen by 21 points over the last decade alone.
But some social conservatives say polls like this one are wrong, and that they over-sell the actual amount of support for gay marriage.
“I’m not worried about it, because the polls are skewed, ” Gary Bauer, a leading social conservative and former presidential candidate, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Just this past November, four states, very liberal states, voted on this issue and my side lost all four of those votes. But my side had 45, 46 percent of the vote in all four of those liberal states.”
Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition, made a similar argument on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“It’s clearly moved, but the idea that the American people are, you know, universally for same-sex marriage is just not backed (up),” Reed said. He added: “They have, after all, voted in 31 state referenda and initiatives for traditional marriage. Only three have they voted the other way. So this thing tests very differently at the ballot box than it does in a poll.”
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