David Badash, editor of New Civil Rights Movement, has a post up discussing the extremely low rate of support for same-sex marriage legalization among self-identified Tea Partiers. The low numbers come from recent Washington Post polling, and they are really low – 6% support for legalization of same-sex marriage. That’s lower than any other group, including Religious Conservatives (who, at 11%, are still overwhelmingly low).
I’d like to point out that NCRM’s headline for the story mischaracterizes the outcomes of the survey. There is no shown casual link between a respondent’s opposition to ssm and their hatred for gay people, even if we might suspect a link. Such a misrepresentation is akin to NCRM’s repeated criticism of NOM’s reporting of the Regnerus study – and both groups deserve to be called out on their manipulation of the facts. Its an easy way to score points – but considering the recent focus on accurate reporting, we deserve better.
Criticism of the headline aside, regular readers know I am a sucker for statistics, so I still found the polling information they highlight to be fascinating. I appreciated how deeply the poll digs down to understand particular respondents political identities. It gives you a much deeper understanding of where the population stands on the SSM question.
I’m no fan of the Tea Party, I think they are guilty of oversimplifying issues all over the policy spectrum, and they’ve done nothing to heighten the level of political discourse. Even so, I was frankly surprised at this number, simply because I always imagined most Tea Partiers leaned towards a libertarian viewpoint which holds that our personal lives are none of the government’s business.
Was this predictable, or is anyone else surprised?