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Poll: 60% of Voters Back
Traditional Marriage

BY Staff                                                                                                    ©2012 Baptist Press 

Despite four victories by gay marriage supporters on Election Day, a solid majority of voters nationwide still believe marriage is between one man and one woman, according to a new poll.

The survey by the Polling Company shows that 60 percent of voters in this year's election agreed that "marriage is between one man and one woman." Fifty-one percent agreed strongly. All total, 34 percent disagreed with the statement.

The poll of 800 people who voted either on Election Day or who voted early was conducted November 7.

Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington State chose this year to legalize gay marriage, while voters in Minnesota defeated a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. The margins ranged from 51-49 percent in Minnesota to 52-48 percent in Maryland and 53-47 percent in Maine and Washington. It was the first time voters in any state approved gay marriage.

"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. This scientific poll shows that the answer to that is, 'no' they have not changed," said Brian Brown, president of the traditional group National Organization for Marriage.           

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