The National Organization for Marriage has released it’s 2009 NOM Massachusetts Marriage Survey. The results are interesting – and at some points creative – to say the least.
NOM finds that “Five years after same-sex couples first began to enter legal marriages in Massachusetts, a new poll indicates that Massachusetts voters remain sharply divided about gay marriage. When asked, ‘Do you personally favor or oppose same-sex marriage generally?’ 43 percent of Massachusetts voters favor same-sex marriage and 44 percent oppose same-sex marriage, with an additional 14 percent saying they don’t know or choosing not to respond. “
NOM also asked questions in reference to fear of relation if a person opposes same-sex marriage:
“The NOM/MFI poll is also the first poll in the nation to attempt to measure the extent to which ordinary citizens feel free to oppose gay marriage in a state where gay marriage has been declared a constitutional right and is the law of the land. A surprisingly substantial minority of voters expressed fears that open opposition to gay marriage might result in retaliation or harassment of some kind.
“For example: Thirty-six percent of all Massachusetts voters agreed with the statement, ‘Some people I know personally would be reluctant to admit they oppose gay marriage because they would worry about the consequences for them or their children.’ (24 percent agreed strongly.)
“Among voters who oppose gay marriage:
• Thirty-six percent of voters who oppose gay marriage agreed with the statement, ‘If you speak out against gay marriage in Massachusetts you really have to watch your back because some people may try to hurt you.’ (26 percent agreed strongly.)
• Fifteen percent of voters who oppose gay marriage say they personally know someone who experienced harassment or intimidation because of their belief that marriage means a man and a woman.”
For a the complete results and list of sample questions click here.