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September 01, 2008

RNC Delegates Support Gay Unions 49%-46%

Can this be right? The story accompanying the poll is here.

The N.Y. Times polled convention delegates on seven issues including support for President Bush, the Iraq War, gay unions, and abortion. It's not surprising that delegates--by nature more interested and invested in politics--hold more partisan views than their own party members. For example, they are more likely to disapprove of the President and to support the Iraq War (which seems like a contradiction to me). I would expect them to be more firmly opposed to gay unions than Republicans in general. But that doesn't seem to be the case.

Oddly, Republican voters seem to be more supportive of gay marriage than convention delegates, but less supportive of gay civil unions. Perhaps convention delegates are making a pragmatic choice which they hope will stave off gay marriage? Is this a sign of where the party is going?


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posted by Gabriel Malor at 01:19 PM

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