Poll: Americans Affirm Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Results from what is likely the most extensive national research survey of its kind show that 62 percent of Americans believe that “marriage should be defined only as a union between one man and one woman.” Fifty-three percent of Americans strongly agreed.

The scientific survey, sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund and completed by Public Opinion Strategies May 16-19, was part of a comprehensive examination of American attitudes toward marriage.  In addition to the national survey, the research included 14 focus groups completed across the country.

“Americans recognize that marriage provides a strong foundation for a thriving society,” said ADF Senior Counsel Brian Raum. “The union between husband and wife benefits society–especially children–in unique ways that cannot be duplicated by any other relationship. Throughout history, diverse cultures and faiths have recognized this universally defined ideal as the best way to promote healthy, natural families for the good of future generations.”

The survey results mirror American voter behavior when faced with the decision to either affirm marriage in their state constitutions or leave it open to legal challenges or other attacks.

“These numbers are not surprising,” said Public Opinion Strategies partner, and the survey’s director, Gene Ulm. “More than 63 million Americans in 31 state elections have voted on constitutional marriage amendments. Forty million Americans in all—63 percent of total voters–have voted to affirm marriage as a union between a man and a woman.”

“Americans strongly affirm the lifelong, faithful union of a man and a woman as the fundamental building block of civilization,” said Raum. “This survey, along with the nearly 80 percent win rate in ADF marriage cases, shows the opposition has created an illusion of momentum but not a real base of support or track record of victory in the courts.”

POS is a nationally-known public opinion research firm. In addition to polling for Fortune 100 companies, 80 members of Congress, 19 senators, and six governors, the firm’s partners (in conjunction with two other firms) poll for NBC News/Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

15 Responses to “Poll: Americans Affirm Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman”

  1. When you strip away all of the leading questions and guilt-trip traps, people largely express the truth that is obvious.  It’s deplorable enough that a significant minority still endorses the destruction, the un-defining, of an institution that undergirds society, but that can mostly be attributed to mass brainwashing through the public “education” system.  I know; I was a victim of this myself.

  2. That’s 38 percent who apparently understand neither marriage nor homosexuality. That’s 38 percent too many!

    I understand that it’s painful and difficult to be at odds with how the world is supposed to work, but anyone who is (and that’s most of us, really) is called to change themselves, NOT to try to change the world to fit them.

  3. I find it interesting that you have such curiosity about the precise polling methods of this group (Public Opinion Strategies, as the article states, which, the linked information tells us, was conducted of 1,500 adults 18+ years of age, stratified by region, including landlines and cell phones, with 43% of the sampling under the age of 45, 11% being black Americans and 11% Hispanic, conducted between May 16-19, 2011, by this polling firm which has done work for Fortune 100 companies, 80 members of Congress, 19 senators, and six governors, and which has done work for NBC News/Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio).

    I wonder if you look so deeply into poll results that are reported to you by CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the New York Times, PBS, NPR, and other Leftist organizations that (cough, cough) have no open bias.

    What I find even more interesting is that a person would even consider such results questionable at all, given that every civilization throughout thousands of years of human history have all realized that marriage can only be between a man and a woman. Especially since the obvious purpose for marriage is bringing a man and woman together to form a family–something homosexuals are scientifically and biologically incapable of doing, as the design and function of the male and female sex organs make quite apparent.

    Regardless, it wouldn’t matter if 100% of respondents said marriage was between a man and a woman, or 0% said marriage is between a man and a woman. Facts, truth and reality are not subject to opinion.

    The historical and scientific fact remains clear: marriage is a unique relationship that can only be formed by a man and a woman whose purpose is to form a family.

    You can try to build a set of scissors with two left parts or two right parts–and while you may insist on calling the result “scissors,” I guarantee you no one would buy such a nonfunctional contraption in a store. Why? It doesn’t perform the function and role of scissors. Calling the thing “scissors” doesn’t make it scissors.

    All this poll tells us is that 62% of Americans are right about what marriage is; it does not affect the definition, the legitimacy or the reality of marriage in the slightest.

    No sane person would try to redefine the color red to include things that are blue, nor would we redefine the relationship of “sister” to also include uncles, nor would any sane person try to redefine marriage to include two people who are biologically incapable of meeting the criteria.

    If homosexuals want to have sex with each other exclusively, no one is stopping them. But we should not devalue the critical institution of marriage just so homosexuals can feel more legitimate about their immoral sexual behavior.

  4. If you read the article and the linked information, you’ll see that a great deal of the information you’re looking for is already supplied. For instance, it says the survey was of adults (18+) and that 43% of the sample was under the age of 45.

    It’s quite possible that the results would be different if the poll was comprised only of people age 30 and under. But then, our nation is comprised of more than just people under the age of 30.

    I should also point out that the so-called “Millenial Generation” often doesn’t so much “know not to pass judgment” as lack good judgment altogether.

    Sadly, the last few generations of Americans have done a completely pathetic job of passing on to successive generations the moral foundations upon which our nation was built. And yes, that often includes setting a poor example of how the sanctity and importance of marriage should be upheld. The “Millenial Generation” also suffers from a great deal of propagandization from multiple sources of so-called “professionals” who have surrendered their integrity on the alter of popularity. Rather than maintain fealty to the scientific facts (that the male and female sex organs were clearly designed to be used together in a heterosexual manner, that the only legitimate biological function of our sex organs is reproduction, that the anus was not designed to receive the penis, etc.), moral facts (the doctrine of every major religion teaches that homosexual behavior is an immoral perversion of God’s design for the expression of human sexuality), practical and societal facts (that every civilization throughout history has recognized the fact that marriage is a unique relationship designed around the creation of a family which can only be formed by a man and a woman), and medical facts (that homosexual behavior is a tremendously dangerous activity which is associated with elevated risks of AIDS transmission–the CDC reports that 72% of new male AIDS cases are associated with homosexual behavior–and other STDs, anal cancer, gay bowel syndrome, hepatitis, depression, substance abuse, suicide, domestic violence, etc.)…rather than maintain fealty to all of these facts, many “professionals” have decided peer pressure, being with the herd, and being “liked” is more important to them. Consequently, instead of teaching and passing along factual information, we see doctors, teachers, therapists, journalists, government officials and others pretending that there is not the slightest immoral, unnatural, or dangerous thing about homosexual behavior, or that it is incompatible with marriage.

    It’s sad that there is so much ignorance out there, or that it infects younger generations so greatly. But that is why Dakota Voice and other organizations like it exist: to dispel the pernicious lies that are out there and replace them with the facts.

  5. Some organizations release more methodology information, some release less. The information they released is about average. If you have the slightest interest in truly knowing how the survey ws conducted, go back and read the linked information about the poll.

    I seriously doubt that you question the survey’s validity. Rather, you desperately wish that, even after decades of pro-homosexual propaganda, so many people still acknowledge what human beings have understood instinctively in every culture throughout human history: that it takes a man and a woman to form a marriage.

  6. Nature Freak obviously has severe difficulty in reading and comprehension. If he was adept at either, he would have (a) noted the methodology described in the linked information in the article, and (b) would have noticed that comments are moderated here, and he doesn’t need to clog the moderator’s inbox with the same ignorant comment over and over.

    Reading with intent to gain information can be a great asset. You should try it sometime.

  7. By the way, I contacted ADF re: the methodology and they supplied a memo from Public Opinion Strategies, the polling firm which conducted the poll.  

    Most of the methodology was already supplied in the linked information in the main article, but the memo provided this additional information:

    On behalf of Alliance Defense Fund, Public Opinion Strategies conducted a national telephone
    survey of 1,500 adults completed May 16-19, 2011.   The survey has a margin of error of plus or
    minus 2.53%. The national survey of adults (18+) was stratified by region and included a mix of
    both land-lines and cell phones. 

    A combination of land-line and cell phone random digit dial samples were used; both samples
    were provided by Survey Sampling International. Individuals were selected proportionate to the
    nation’s population in accordance with a probability sample design that gives all land-line
    telephone numbers (both listed and unlisted) an equal chance to be included. Adults (age 18
    years old or over were selected by a systematic procedure to provide a balance of respondents by
    sex.  The cell phone sample was drawn from a list of cell phone users nationally.

    In other words, the poll was conducted like every other legitimate poll is conducted. No church directory or membership list from the Southern Baptist Convention was used, as some pro-homosexual activists allege.It must be a real bummer to homosexual activists to have had the media, education establishment and a number of government organizations pouring out propaganda for so many years, only to find so few people are buying it.

  8. “Just like the once taboo inter-racial marriage, this too shall pass.”
    Do you really expect to be taken seriously after making that old, tired and flat-out wrong comparison? Race is superficial and meaningless; gender is not. If you can’t understand that much, why should anyone listen to you?

    “the Millenial Generation knows not to pass judgement bc often their own homes are just as broken”
    Just as broken as homes with same-sex “couples”? You’re right — many “heterosexual” homes are just about that messed up. But just because other arrangements have their cases of being “broken” doesn’t mean arrangements that are *inherently* broken and messed up should be encouraged.

  9. Minnesota (and possibly others) will confirm this poll in 2012. 

  10. Minnesota (and possibly others) will confirm this poll in 2012. 

  11. It’s amazing how liberals almost instinctively ignore facts, isn’t it, Bob?  It’s like they have black eyeshades on.

  12. It’s amazing how liberals almost instinctively ignore facts, isn’t it, Bob?  It’s like they have black eyeshades on.

  13. No kidding!

  14. God established the institution of marriage.  “He made them male and female”  and the two shall become one.  It wouldn’t matter if folks like “Nature Freak” and others had their way and 100% of people polled thought it was ok for men to marry men etc.  It isn’t part of our realm of responsibility to change or corrupt what God has ordered.  The truth remains the truth, no matter who believes it or not.

    Same sex couples do whatever…but it isn’t marriage.

  15. God established the institution of marriage.  “He made them male and female”  and the two shall become one.  It wouldn’t matter if folks like “Nature Freak” and others had their way and 100% of people polled thought it was ok for men to marry men etc.  It isn’t part of our realm of responsibility to change or corrupt what God has ordered.  The truth remains the truth, no matter who believes it or not.

    Same sex couples do whatever…but it isn’t marriage.