Strong Support to Keep Traditional Marriage in Iowa Republican Party Platform, Loras College Poll Finds

The Loras College Poll released results today of a survey including the high-profile issue of the definition of marriage.  Given recent events with the marriage plank of the GOP platform at the April 1st Congressional District Convention, the Loras College Poll asked likely primary voters statewide whether they supported alteration to the party’s platform on marriage. Currently the Iowa Republican Party supports the traditional definition of marriage, opposing current state law following the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision in Varnum v. Brien (2009). 
Those surveyed were given three options: 1. Keep the platform’s current defense of traditionally defined marriage as between one man and one woman, 2. Alter the party platform to accept same-sex marriage as it currently is under Iowa law and 3. Remove government from the role of defining marriage.
On the issue of the definition of marriage within the GOP Platform, the results are:
Option 1 (Keep traditional marriage): 61.7 percent
Option 2 (Accept same-sex marriage as under current IA law) 10.3 percent
Option 3 (Remove government)   23.3 percent

 “It is clear that the GOP faithful are not ready yet to support changing the state party’s defense of the traditional definition of marriage.  While it might not play a major role in the upcoming general election campaign, within the party there remains strong opposition to current Iowa law,” said Associate Professor of Politics and Director of the Loras College Poll, Christopher Budzisz, Ph.D. 
The Loras College Poll surveyed 600 likely Iowa GOP primary voters; statewide results have a 4 percent margin of error.  The survey was conducted May 12-13, 2014.
  • Likely voter sample included only those who voted in the 2010 Republican primary or 2012 Republican primary. 
  • Survey includes both landlines (80 percent) and cell phones (20 percent). 
  • The survey was conducted using live operator interviews through a contracted professional call center.
  • In addition, the survey was balanced using historical voting patterns for age, gender and geography. 
  • Script development and methodology used for the survey received input from Republican campaign consultant, Steve Grubbs, and Democrat campaign consultant, Dave Heller. 
For more on today’s announced results, please click here.  
Loras College Poll results from the congressional primaries will continue on May 20 (District 3 GOP) and May 21 (District 1 Democratic and GOP).  A complete copy of all the survey results will be released on May 21.
The Loras College Poll is conducted several times each year.  Loras College faculty and student researchers work as part of the survey research team to develop poll questions, analyze and interpret the data, and assist with sharing the final results with local, regional and national media. 
Capitalizing on its location in the politically vital and vibrant state of Iowa, the Iowa Presidential Caucuses serves as a cornerstone of the Loras College Poll, with additional surveys focused on current events, social issues, economic issues, politics and more.
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