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Maggie’s Minnesota poll mixup

Timothy Kincaid

May 13th, 2011

Maggie Gallagher’s National Organization for Marriage put out poll results last week that showed that Minnesotans overwhelmingly support a constitution amendment to ban marriage equality in the state.

56 percent of Minnesotans said only heterosexual marriages should be recognized in Minnesota and 42 percent said they supported same-sex marriage. The poll, by the National Organization for Marriage, Minnesota Family Council and Lawrence Research, also says that 74 percent of Minnesotans want to vote on the marriage amendment.

The Minnesota Independent asked for more details about the poll, the questions asked, and the methodology used. Considering the accuracy of some of Maggie’s other polls, this seems reasonable. But it turns out that polling questions and methods are just like images of anti-gay witnesses and the identity of anti-gay donors: super-duper secret.

But now the Star Tribune has put out their Minnesota Poll which finds responses a bit differently than NOM. They also happily provide details about their questions and methodology.

Fifty-five percent of respondents said they oppose adding such an amendment while 39 percent favor a constitutional ban — views that appear to be a sharp reversal of poll results seven years ago.

Opposition to the ban generally cuts across all ages, though support rises gradually with age. Sixty percent of Minnesotans aged 18 to 34 oppose the idea. A slim majority, 51 percent, of Minnesotans older than 65 oppose the constitutional ban.

Now, I’m not calling Maggie a liar. Nor am I suggesting that she wouldn’t know the truth if it snuck up and bit her on her prodigious posterior. I’m not even implying that Maggie and her integrity parted long ago on such bad terms that if they find each other in the same room they scowl.

Not at all.

I merely think that Maggie accidentally reversed the “support” and the “oppose” results in her poll.



May 13th, 2011 | LINK

Let me be the first to call Maggie Gallagher (just in case she thinks I’m pointing at another Maggie) a liar.

Maggie, you’re a God damned Liar!

PS – You’re also a bigot!

May 13th, 2011 | LINK

I add to that she is a LIAR and BIGOT without a shred of decency or “integrity”

May 13th, 2011 | LINK

I’m waiting for someone to call her a “big fat liar.” Personally, I would never, ever do such a despicable thing.

May 13th, 2011 | LINK

I too am waiting for someone to call her a “big fat liar” though I would never, ever say such a despicable thing either.

May 13th, 2011 | LINK

I do think there is sufficient evidence to say that it is a lie that every one of these votes, when they occur, indicate that people are “standing up for traditional marriage”.

May 13th, 2011 | LINK

It’s also about time that BTB update their file photo of Maggie since the one they’re using is about 10 years and 100 pounds ago!

John B.
May 13th, 2011 | LINK

I’ll be happy to call Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, and everybody else at NOM bald-faced liars because of the way they’re claiming a majority of New Yorkers are opposed to same-sex marriage, when the poll they’re citing really says that 51% of registered voters (and 50% of all adults) are in favor of allowing same-sex couples to legally marry (even when civil unions were included as an option).

Lindoro Almaviva
May 13th, 2011 | LINK


You wouldn’t be able to recognize the truth if it walked up to you, pulled your hair, slapped you across the face, punched you in the stomach and left a business card AND a piece of chewed up gum for DNA profiling on top of you as your laid on the floor screaming in pain.

Just saying.

May 13th, 2011 | LINK


May 15th, 2011 | LINK

Is it really necessary to keep pointing out that she’s fat and/or ugly? I despise Gallagher’s bigotry as much as the next poofter, but do we really need to judge even female bigots on whether they’re skinny and hot?

Ben In Oakland
May 15th, 2011 | LINK

No, we don’t need to, and it isn’t very nice.

but as her own not-So-Good Book avers, “As ye sow (giggle), so shall ye reap”.

The giggle is not in the original.

Richard Rush
May 15th, 2011 | LINK

Narc said:

Is it really necessary to keep pointing out that she’s fat and/or ugly?

Valid point. But . . .

Here we have Maggie, a self-appointed authority on societal health with respect to marriage, campaigning for laws banning same-sex marriage because, in her view, the future health of society depends on it. While there is no credible evidence to support that view, there is a mountain of credible evidence to support the view that obesity is a condition that almost always results in the development of associated serious health problems. And those problems impact not only immediate families, but all of society.

The USA (after Mexico) leads the world with increasingly higher rates of obesity. And we are all literally paying for it in higher health care costs, and in seeing loved ones develop more health problems. Statistics also show that parents are increasingly teaching their children to be obese.

But Maggie prefers to blame real and imagined social problems on same-sex marriage, which harms no one, while ignoring how she is a role-model for promoting obesity, which harms everyone. For this and lots of other reasons, she has no credibility.

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