Magazine August 10, 2009, Issue

The Carrie Effect

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Notes from the frontlines of the Marriage War

The headline on the story about a new CBS News/New York Times survey was interesting: “Poll: Support for Gay Marriage Dips.” How fast and how far had support for gay marriage had to drop before a mainstream-media headline acknowledged it, even as a “dip”?

Here’s the answer: 9 percentage points.

That’s right: In just a few short months, support for gay marriage in this poll plunged 9 percentage points, from its all-time high of 42 percent to 33 percent.

A reporter for New York magazine recently called me to ask about the cause of a similar abrupt drop in support for gay marriage

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