SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP)--Back in July, when a Field Poll was released showing that California Proposition 8 was trailing 51-42 among likely voters, the Election Day outlook for supporters of traditional marriage wasn't too bright. Two months later, when a mid-September Field Poll showed Prop 8 backers behind 55-38, the outlook turned grim.
"That [tying 'gay marriage' to public schools] was certainly a good strategy, because people don't want their children being taught that same-sex marriage is the norm."
-- ADF's Glen Lavy
So, how did supporters of Proposition 8 manage, in a mere seven weeks, to turn a 17-point polling deficit into a five-point Election Day victory? It had even trailed in the final three pre-election polls.
Experts and supporters of Prop 8 -- the constitutional amendment which overturned a state Supreme Court ruling and banned "gay marriage" -- point to a number of factors ... Read More