The Perils of Polling

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  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    OTOH, I’m impressed that the favorable proportion is so high even with the “homosexual” phrasing.

  2. Ken says:

    I agree with AJ–we’ve certainly come a long way in recent years.

    And it’s not surprising that choice of words in framing the question influences the answers. AJ is right, of course, to point out that even the more pejorative-sounding terminology was met with a majority of favorable responses. That’s quite an achievement, collectively, in overcoming some pretty strongly ingrained prejudices.

    I think “homosexual” tends to evoke an image of activity in the restroom of a sleazy bar, while “gay men and lesbians” brings to mind brilliant designers and chefs on television, fashion mavens, Hollywood power players, and other fascinating folks.

    “Opinion polling” is frequently a tool to influence opinion, rather then measure it.