Stats Watch! Number 2

Hot on the tails of our first entry, here’s number two, courtesy of the Campaign for Marriage.

A new national poll, published today, shows that 70% don’t want marriage to be redefined. It shows that the Government is at odds with the public on this issue.

A majority, 59%, agree with civil partnerships and seven out of ten agreed with the statement “Marriage should continue to be defined as a life-long exclusive commitment between a man and a woman”.

Over two thirds, 68%, say: “Marriage is important to society and should be promoted by the state.” And 84% think: “Although death or divorce may prevent it, children have the best chance in life if raised by their own mother and father in a stable, committed relationship.”

In the comment above I’ve highlighted the key claims. You can look at the research (conducted by those wonderful people at ComRes) yourself and see the raw data.

Let’s go through the claims one by one.

  1. 70% don’t want marriage to be redefined – Check. 1402 out of 2004 agreed.
  2. 59%, agree with civil partnerships and seven out of ten agreed with the statement “Marriage should continue to be defined as a life-long exclusive commitment between a man and a woman” – Check. 1188 out of 2004 agreed.
  3. 68%, say: “Marriage is important to society and should be promoted by the state – Check. 1357 out of 2004 agreed.
  4. 84% think: “Although death or divorce may prevent it, children have the best chance in life if raised by their own mother and father in a stable, committed relationship.” – Check. 1687 out of 2004 agreed.

Stats Watch Ranking

5 out of 5

The Coalition for Marriage simply reported what the survey results were and did so accurately and without any misunderstanding as to what the data showed.

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