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Jim Daly | Crosswalk.com
Political consultant Frank Luntz calls it “poll-driven language” – the tendency to phrase a question in a way that will generate a desired answer. Operatives on both sides of the aisle have been doing this for years, but it’s especially blatant when it comes to the reporting of support/opposition to same-sex marriage.
Case in point, a recent New York Times story which was headlined “Support for Gay Marriage Outweighs Opposition in Polls.” The report was based upon an average of various polling data which supposedly revealed that 50 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage while 45 percent oppose it.
It makes for a neat and tidy story, but when you dig a little deeper you can see why the polling data never seems to jibe with actual state votes on the issue.
On Tuesday in North Carolina, citizens were asked to vote either “For” or “Against” regarding the following statement:
Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.
When the votes were counted, 61 percent voted “For” – and 39 percent voted “Against.”
Yet, when pollsters ask the general populace about the issue, the …………………..