The Unknown Variable in the Marriage Poll
This recent letter from Lewis Prescott, of Lincoln, reminded me that I have yet to receive a response to phone and email inquiries about the age-range breakdown behind Brown professor Marion Orr’s recent poll finding support for same-sex marriage. Prescott is suspicious:
If you ever want to take a poll and have the results turn out the way you would like them to be, then have Brown University do it. It has a system of convoluted questions and acceptable answers that could tilt the leaning tower of Pisa back to its upright position.
Me, I’m ready to believe the poll’s results. I’d just like to be able to look for interesting patterns across polls and find it surprising that an Ivy League academic would obscure a very relevant variable.