Family Foundation Info Alert: What Do the Marriage Amendment Polls Mean?

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Chris Freund, Director of Communications
Monday, July 31, 2006

Information Alert: What do the polls mean?

Headlines across Virginia today announced a new Mason Dixon poll that shows 56 percent of Virginians support the constitutional amendment protecting marriage that will be on this November's ballot. According to the poll, the amendment is favored by over 60 percent in almost every region except Northern Virginia.

Opponents quickly dismissed the poll and touted their own that shows a much smaller 45 percent supporting and 40 percent opposing. That poll, paid for by the anti-amendment group Commonwealth Coalition and conducted by the "Republican pollster" Fabrizio-McLaughlin, claims that when citizens read the actual language of the amendment, support drops significantly. Amazing how a poll paid for by opponents supports exactly what opponents claim.

So, what do these new polls really mean?

Frankly, very little.

The only thing that matters is what happens on November 7. Polls taken in late July, three months before Election Day, shouldn't be taken very seriously. The fact is, we have a lot of work to do before November. We have to remember that our opponents will stop at nothing to confuse people about what the amendment will do. The focus of their campaign is to scare people into believing that passage of the amendment will have "unintended consequences" for all Virginians. Unfortunately, people who do not have all the facts may be swayed by such deception.

That is why it is so important that you join the effort to pass the amendment. It is vital that you understand what the amendment will and won't do so that you can educate your friends and family about the amendment. You can bet that opponents will spend millions taking their message to the airwaves this fall. We simply do not have the budget to do that. We need you to be our "big media." We need you to tell the truth about the amendment.

For more information on the amendment and on upcoming training opportunities, click

Click the links below to read various news stories about the amendment. Some may require free registration:

Groups target state's proposed amendment on same-sex marriage - Virginian Pilot

Proposed marriage amendment galvanizes both sides of debate - Roanoke Times

As Vote Nears, Opponents Attack Ban's Wording - Washington Post

Poll: Va. voters back gay marriage ban - Daily Press

Poll: Most in Va. favor ban on same-sex marriages - Virginian Pilot

Same sex marriage ban supported - Richmond Times Dispatch

2006 Values Voter Summit/Washington Briefing

FRC Action, Focus on the Family Action, and other pro-family groups are hosting the 2006 Values Voter Summit/Washington Briefing in Washington, D.C., September 22-24, 2006. Tony Perkins, Dr. James Dobson, Gary Bauer, and Don Wildmon will be joined by confirmed speakers: Bill Bennett, Newt Gingrich, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Charlie Cook, Kellyanne Conway, Ann Coulter, Myrna Blyth, Senator Bill Frist, Attorney General Phill Kline, Terry Jeffrey, Hugh Hewitt, comedian Steve Bridges, and more. Other invited speakers include: President George Bush, Senators George Allen and Sam Brownback, House Majority Leader John Boehner, Zell Miller, Pat

Buchanan, Michelle Malkin, Tony Blankley and more!

The event will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel with sessions devoted to topics such as: Does Religion Have a Prayer in Public Schools; The Preservation of Marriage - Why Children Need It; Courts Gone Wild - The Rightful Place of Judges in Our Republic; Why Can't Hollywood Get It; and The Role of the Church in Political Issues.

To find out more about the Values Voter Summit, including registration information, click here.

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Are you going to publish the text of the amendment? In its entirety?

Sophrosyne said:

We have linked to it for many months now but I will post it in full... per your request. The more who learn about the Marriage Amendment the better!

I'll also post the SBE explanation so voters have even more information... I encourage you to do so as well!

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