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51% of Californians Support Marriage Equality as Majority Wishes a Do-Over on 2003 Recall

by: Brian Leubitz

Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 15:00:00 PM PST

This is fairly consistent with numbers that we've seen in the past, but PPP has just released their own data showing a majority favoring full marriage equality.

-The tide is turning in support of gay marriage in California. 51% of voters in the state now think it should be legal while 40% think it should remain illegal. It was just a little over 2 years ago that the state passed Proposition 8 but these numbers are reflective of a general liberalization in the views of Americans toward same sex marriage. (PPP)

The numbers get even better when you pull out senior citizens at 53-38.  It is only a matter of time before we have full marriage equality in California and, eventually, the nation.

Oh, and they also tested a retrospective on the 2003 recall, and guess what, Californians wish they hadn't done that.  By a 42-32 margin, voters would have refrained from recalling Davis.  Too bad we can't take back the past seven years and the havoc the Governator wrought.

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I thought Arnold was slimey (0.00 / 0)
I never voted for Arnold. I voted Libertarian Party 3x in a row for governor. 2003, 2006 and 2010. It showed Arnold governed worse than Davis.

I hope for the Prop 8 replay. I think with 4-6 years after Prop 8, a good number of people will die-off and we might see some improvement.  

Majority? (0.00 / 0)
Since when is 42% a "majority"?

Majority (2.50 / 2)
A "majority" is defined as "the greater number or part."  In this case, there are three numbers, those who felt the recall was a mistake (42%), those who did not think it was a mistake (32%) and those who expressed no opinion (26%.)

It may have been better phrased, "of those who expressed an opinion, the majority..." but when writing headlines, you tend to want to keep the headline shorter than the article. ;-)

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Yup, thanks. n/t (0.00 / 0)

I think?

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Definition (5.00 / 1)
majority: "the greater part or number; the number larger than half the total"

The correct word is plurality.

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The more proper term is "plurality". (5.00 / 1)
They mean the same when there's only two possible choices, but when there's 3 or more choices, it's best to use "plurality" if the biggest number isn't above 50%.

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This is also true, but ... (0.00 / 0)
Well, I'll just live with it as is ;)

I think?

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