A Republican polling group has found overwhelming opposition among conservative voters toward same-sex marriage, complicating various GOP efforts to moderate on the issue.
The poll, by Wilson Research Strategies, found a whopping 82% of the GOP’s base (which included right-leaning independent voters) defined marriage as between a man and a woman, while 75% disagreed that politicians should be seeking to “redefine marriage.” In both cases the majority of respondents felt strongly or even “definitely” about the issue.
Opposition to same-sex marriage was one of the primary motivators for GOP voters in the 2004 election; since then, however, overall public opinion on the issue has shifted quickly and dramatically, with a majority of voters now favoring gay marriage. Opposition to same-sex marriage has been dropped from various GOP state platforms recently, with party officials citing shifting attitudes on the issue.
But Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, one of the two sponsors of the poll, said the “vast majority of the GOP base continues to believe that marriage is a non-negotiable plank of the national platform and want to see their elected officials uphold natural marriage as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage and promote in law.”
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