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My Informal Marriage Amendment Poll

We did a poll on last night’s radio show on the proposed amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Indiana.  I was really interested in getting the audience’s opinion.  While I know most of the WIBC-FM audience is conservative overall, I always thought their conservatism had a deep libertarian streak in there.  It turns out, like most times, I was right.

Our criterion was pretty simple,  give us your name, age and tell us why you support or oppose the amendment in 30 seconds or less.

Halfway through the show the audience was 57% in favor of the amendment and 43% opposed.  But by the time we were done, the results were just the opposite,  57% opposed the amendment and only 43% supported it.

Here’s some other interesting data.

  • Callers between the ages of 18-35 were split 53-47 in favor.
  • Callers between 36-44 went 60% against the amendment.
  • Callers 45-54 were opposed 59-41.
  • Callers over 55 opposed the amendment by a whopping 80%.
  • Most of the “no” votes came from the 45 and older crowd.

Another thing I thought was interesting were the large number of people who opposed the amendment mainly because they didn’t think the government had any business in regulating marriage, thus the libertarian streak.

Now of course this was not a scientific survey by any stretch and I would never purport that it was.  It was just a brief snapshot in time.  But if the audience that listens to conservative talk radio is opposed to the amendment then maybe it’s the amendment’s supporters that might want to keep it off the ballot.