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Election Day survey shows strong national support for marriage

Despite recent votes against marriage in four states, a new nationwide survey indicates that 60 percent of Americans support marriage as the unique union of one man and one woman.

"The outcome of the marriage votes in four very liberal states has caused some to speculate as to whether the American people have changed their views on marriage," said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage.

"This scientific poll shows that the answer to that is, 'no' they have not changed," he explained.

On Nov. 6, voters in four states were faced with ballot measures regarding the definition of marriage. Maine voters chose to redefine marriage by a direct popular vote for the first time in the nation, while citizens in both Maryland and Washington state passed referenda to approve laws legalizing "same-sex marriage."

In Minnesota, a proposed amendment to recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman failed narrowly.

Gay advocates argued that this shows a shift in America's acceptance of redefining marriage. However, Brown noted that the measures passed only narrowly in the "deep-blue states."

He added that the Republican ticket won 48.4 percent of the popular vote across the nation, while the pro-marriage position "outperformed the GOP ticket by an average of 6.6 points."

On Nov. 7, the National Organization for Marriage released the results of a nationwide survey from Election Day indicating that the majority of the country believes that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. These findings affirm a previous poll that yielded similar results.

Conducted by Kellyanne Conway's firm 'the polling company, inc.,' the survey interviewed 800 randomly selected individuals who voted either at the polls or by mail or absentee ballot. It asked them whether they agreed or disagreed that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Sixty percent of respondents agreed, while 34 percent disagreed and six percent said that they did not know or could not judge.

Probed about the intensity of their position, 51 percent said that they "strongly" agreed with the definition of marriage and 10 percent said that they "somewhat" agreed with it. Twenty-three percent said that they "strongly" disagreed with the definition of marriage and 10 percent said that they "somewhat" disagreed with it.

These findings were consistent with a previous poll conducted by the polling company, inc. in mid-September. That survey asked respondents whether they supported or opposed defining marriage as only the union of one man and woman. Of 1,000 randomly selected voters, 57 percent supported the definition of marriage, 37 percent opposed it and six percent declined to answer or said that they did not know or could not judge the answer.

When prompted about their degree of support or opposition, 51 percent said that they "strongly" supported the definition of marriage and seven percent said they "somewhat" supported it. Twenty-seven percent said that they "strongly" opposed the definition of marriage and 10 percent said they "somewhat" opposed it.

Brown said that these polls indicate that the definition of marriage is still rooted firmly in the minds and hearts of Americans throughout the country.

He observed that had "marriage been put to a national vote, the evidence suggests that our side would have captured 55 percent of the popular vote this past Tuesday."

"The facts show that it is wrong to contend that preserving marriage as the union of a man and a woman is anything but a winning issue in America," he said.

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