Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ACTION ALERT: New Maine Poll Shows a Literal Tie for Marriage Equality - They Need YOU to Pull Them Ahead!

A new poll released this morning shows Maine's marriage equality bill in a literal tie with its opponents at 48%/48% with only 4% undecided.

This poll was an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) survey. Pollsters note that many times voters temper their responses on sensitive social issues when actual interviewers are used. Voters fear that they may appear intolerant if they say they don't favor equality, so they tell the interviewer they will vote to support civil rights. When it's automated, they're much more willing to be honest.

Here's the poll:

Public Policy Polling on Maine LD 1020

I can evaluate this poll by saying it's a bit off (demographics, not a good selection of age groups, etc.), but the glaringly obvious piece of information this poll reveals, and it's nothing new, is that victory for marriage equality in Maine heavily relies on getting our support base out to the polls. We need a very strong Get Out the Vote field operation.

NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality
is known for its amazing field work, so they're in a good position, but they need volunteers to pull it off! We're still two weeks away from election day, and in campaign time, anything can happen before then. They're going to need all the help they can get!

ACTION: Here are the different ways you can get involved.
  1. If you live far from Maine but are eager to make a difference, you can phone bank from home. Sign up at Call for Equality.
  2. If you do live near Maine, go to Drive for Equality, where you can look for carpools in your area headed up to the Pine Tree State so you can volunteer and help Get Out the Vote!
  3. If you actually live in Maine, VOTE EARLY! Not only will the NO on 1 campaign see a record of your vote, it will free you up on election day to help get supporters to the polls.
  4. DONATE! You can do this no matter where you live. And for those in Los Angeles, check out this fundraising Hollywood event happening tonight!

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