Friday, September 18, 2009

Poll: Marriage Equality Trailing in Maine; Don't Let Another Prop 8 Happen!

Results from a Research 2000/Daily Kos poll indicates that if Mainers voted on the new marriage equality law today, they would vote to overturn it, repeating what happened in California with Proposition 8.

Two questions were posed to 600 voters, both results indicating a slight majority favoring the anti-equality position.

Daily Kos/Research 2000 Maine Poll
Research 2000, MoE 4%, Sep 14, 2009 - Sep 16, 2009
Margin error of 4%.

QUESTION: As you may know there will be one question on the ballot this November in Maine addressing the issue of same-sex unions. In part it will read "Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry?" A yes vote takes away the right of same-sex couples to marry. A no vote keeps the right of same-sex couples to marry. If the election were held today would you vote YES or NO on this question?

QUESTION: Regardless of how you might vote do you favor or oppose allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally?

However, these numbers indicate a sizable persuadable margin of 6% "Not Sure" meaning that we can very well win.

ACTION: Yet to do this, Maine's NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality will need all the hands-on help they can get. Here's a list of ways to get involved, no matter where you live.
  • Sign up to volunteer through the campaign website and they will let you know what you can do to help. No matter where you live!
  • Thinking of taking a vacation? Take a vacation in Maine and volunteer as well! Check out the Volunteer-Vacation program through the campaign.
  • Live in Los Angeles? Equality California is hosting a phone banking session throughout the next month. Click here, find which date works for you and sign up! (Don't worry - they'll train you.)
  • Donate! Maine has some great ads airing, but they cost a lot of money. It's very important that our message stays on the air. Help keeps the ads running by donating! Every dollar counts.

What's happening in Maine will be historical. If we lose, it'll be our second time LGBT have been stripped of marriage rights in a row following Prop 8.

But if we win, it will be the first time marriage equality is passed by a public vote. Make this a historical win! Be a part of history!


  1. WhoRemovedEqualProtection?September 18, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Hopefully these polls are movable.

    The thing about polling on gay marriage is that support for it tends to be overstated in polling because people think they should support it, even if they really don't support it privately.

    I'm not in Maine, but one thing the Prop 8 people did to great effect in Calif was make tremendous use of bumper stickers and yard signs. The Yes on 8 campaign deliberately did this to show people that were hesitating, "hey, its okay to be against gay marriage, lots of others are against it too". We need this turned on its head - everyday equality supporters need to be very visible with yard signs and bumper stickers saying "I support equal rights for ALL Mainers" or whatever. It shows real grass roots support.

  2. A very favorable sign about these poll numbers is that we trail only by two points while the margin of error is 4.

    So it's literally a dead heat.

    And check this post out at America Blog and the Get Out the Vote work being done. The entails signage. :)