“Rasmussen Reports found a shocking amount of consensus on the question of businesses’ rights in the marriage debate. ‘If a Christian wedding photographer who has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage is asked to work a same-sex wedding ceremony, 85% of Americans believe he has the right to say no.’ Only 8% disagree. That’s as unanimous as it gets in the polling community. Obviously, some Americans — in their haste to redefine marriage — haven’t stopped to make the connection between the homosexual agenda and the fallout for individual liberty. No American — business owner or not — should have to violate their beliefs to compete in the marketplace.”- Family Research Council Hate group leader Tony Perkins, via email.
Rasmussen Reports polls have received criticism over the wording and the structure of its polls before.
Asking a polling question with a specific lead up and/or different wording can affect the results of the poll.
The survey questions and the way they were presented in this poll which were conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC that uses licensed methodology designed by Scott Rasmussen an ultra conservative republican who was a paid consultant for the 2004 George W. Bush campaign were definitely set up in such a way to manipulate an answer in favor of the photographer having the right to say no.
1* Suppose the owner of a bar in a college town wants to avoid some of the problems associated with college and under-age drinking. Should the owner of that bar have the right to allow only people 25 and older into that bar?
2* Suppose the owner of a bar wants to attract more women customers. Should the owner of that bar have the right to set special happy hour deals that let women buy drinks at half price?
3* Suppose a landlord wants to create a certain community atmosphere. Should the landlord have the right to rent only to people 55 and older?
4* Many colleges and universities have clubs for different groups and organizations. Should a Christian organization on campus be allowed to require that all officers of the club be Christian?
5* Should a gay and lesbian organization on campus be allowed to require that all officers of the club support equal rights for gays and lesbians?
6* Suppose a Christian wedding photographer has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage. If asked to work a same-sex wedding ceremony, should that wedding photographer have the right to say no?
7* Suppose an atheist runs a restaurant and sincerely opposes Christian beliefs. Should that restaurant owner have the right to refuse service to customers with “Jesus Saves” t-shirts?
Questions 1, 2, and 3 are common practices in business that pertain to specialty client without open or unlawful discrimination.
Questions 4 – 5 set up question 6 by breaking Christians and LGBT’s into two specific and different groups using groups on private college campuses that have nothing to do with business and was obviously done to push a certain response on Question 6.
Rasmussen polls are and always have been seriously flawed and skewed to the ultra conservative right for propaganda and manipulation purposes.
No legitimate news outlet, organization, or person would ever use their findings.