Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tiny State. Tiny Poll. But Still..........


Now, I don't put much stock in polls, but a recent survey has found that more than half of Rhode Island voters favor a law allowing gay marriage.

Huh? What? Huh? The most Catholic state is leaning toward equality?

A recently released Brown University poll shows 60 percent of registered voters in the state said they would support a law allowing gay couples to marry. Thirty-one percent said they were opposed.

Right now, bills to legalize gay marriage...marriage equality, people...in the state are before legislative committees in both the House and Senate.

Now, here's why I don't put much stock in polls. This poll was conducted over two days in May with just 593 registered voters statewide. Now, I know Rhode Island is tiny, but I could have gotten more answers standing on the corner of Broad and DeKalb in downtown Smallville.

But, I'll take it with a grain of salt. It's a hint of a twinge of a nudge of an idea of a promise of equality.

2 comments:

Wonder Man said...

hopefully we will hear more about this

truthspew said...

The poll tracks with one on the Providence Journal's (ProJo)web site and one done by Marriage Equality RI.

The thing about all polls is they use statistical extrapolation that is usually right on target. But the ProJo poll has over 5,000 respondents and tracks 58% in favor.

The biggest problem, both marriage equality bills are blocked in both chambers because of interference by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.

We need to find a way to neutralize the church. But there is hope, ten years ago 62% of the state claimed to be Catholic. Now it's only 46%.