CBS News agrees that how you phrase the question on DADT determines the answer

Timothy Kincaid

February 11th, 2010

Yesterday I took Peter Brown and the Quinnipiac poll to task for phrasing questions in a way that were likely to result in less-supportive positions on the open service of gay men and women in the military. Now CBS News has looked at polling and has concluded that simply using “homosexuals” instead of “gays and lesbians” can significantly impact the results.

cbs wording

I’m now going to grant Brown a little slack on what I believe was very poorly worded questioning and shoddy question order practices. At least he didn’t degrade his results by using “homosexuals”.


February 11th, 2010

Just shows why the bigots prefer to use the word homosexual (emphasis on SEX).. It polls well and avoids the nasty truth that these are men and women we’re talking about, not monsters.


February 11th, 2010

There’s a great sketch from Yes Minister that illustrates the trustworthiness (or lack thereof) of opinion polls quite well.

Richard Rush

February 11th, 2010

That’s why the American Family Association has a policy of always using the word “homosexual” instead of “gay” in their OneNewsNow articles. And that includes changing the words in articles from the Associated Press. A few years ago that policy backfired, and resulted in this hilarious article about sports figure, Tyson Gay.

George Bingham

February 12th, 2010


OMG Those stories about Tyson Homosexual are hilarious! Thank you soooo much for sharing that! It’s totally made my day and my weekend!


February 12th, 2010


Thank you for sharing that link. I had never heard of the Tyson Gay / Tyson Homosexual stories before. As George stated, that totally made my day!

Mark F.

February 12th, 2010

But what do people really, truly think? Gays and lesbians ARE homosexuals. (Bangs head against wall.)

Richard Rush

February 17th, 2010

Mark F., in a rational world you would be correct. But when our opponents use the word homosexual, of course, what they mean to convey is homoSEXual, as in “it’s all about the sex acts.” It’s kind of like the old truism about real estate where the three most important things are location, location, and location. For our opponents the three most important things to know about homosexuals are SEX, SEX, and SEX.

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