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13th-Mar-2012 10:16 am
Poll #1826137 Marriage

As between the following two statement, with which do you agree more strongly? (Assume that the statements apply to human beings of or over the age of consent and possessing the capacity to consent.)

"Marriage" should be a right restricted to the union of a man and a woman.
"Marriage" should be a right open to all consenting adults regardless of sex or gender.
13th-Mar-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
I chose not to answer this poll because i think that life style decisions are truely up to the ones who live that life. To me Marrage means a man and a woman becuse that is what my marrirage is, To several other loved ones in my life it means something different. I don't "should" on people.
13th-Mar-2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
I've never heard anyone but my mother say "Never should on yourself or anyone else!"
13th-Mar-2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
This was something we used to say to people in college, "Don't should on me". I try to use it as my rule of thumb in dealing with the public which I do in my work.
13th-Mar-2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
this poll seems to be regarding RIGHTS, seeing as how it uses the wording "marriage should be a right...", so how can rights be personally defined by each and every person?
14th-Mar-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was gonna say...
14th-Mar-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
I don't know how one could consider the question without viewing the concept as a right. If it's not a right, then that implies it's a privilege, and if so who should have the right to dole out that privilege? One of the problems I find with this community is that it is always impossible to craft a poll question in language that makes everyone happy. Instead of focusing on answering the central question, many people focus on the semantics as if that somehow invalidates the issue at the root of the question.
14th-Mar-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
I've noticed that, sadly.
14th-Mar-2012 05:33 am (UTC)
Yes, you are right. People here seem far too eager to NOT answer the question for reasons of semantics or some other frivolous reason.
14th-Mar-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
It's part of the reason why surveys are so hard to make. You have to make everyone happy. These type of questions would probably be better off being asked in a randomized response in a real survey. That's where you give give someone two questions, one question for if they get heads (or a red card or something) and another for tails. One of the questions is a question with an already known probability (like is the last digit of your phone number odd?) and then you do some easy calculations to find the real proportion of people. You usually do this for sensitive questions where you think the survey taker will think they'll be judged for answering a certain way, and this way the survey giver has no idea what questions they answered and thus can't judge.

Also, why you do pilot studies, make definitions, and all that jazz.

Sorry. I've had to take a whole class on making surveys...
14th-Mar-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
One of the problems with this community is that it is always impossible to craft a poll question in such a way as to make everyone happy. Instead of focusing on answering the central question, many people focus on the semantics.
14th-Mar-2012 10:26 am (UTC)
I'm sorry if I sounded snarky, I saw that you had people answer so I thought that you had what you needed. If I didn't mean to offend you. I enjoy your polls, thank you for doing them.
14th-Mar-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
I am legitimately interested in the reasoning of those who chose the first option, especially sensible secular arguments that don't spring from aversion to nonheterosexuals.
14th-Mar-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I can't be sure, of course, but I do wonder if this survey is inherently skewed by people who would rather not vote than publicly denounce non-heterosexual marriage.
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