Post # 1
Spinoff from the gay marriage thread- as I said in my post there, the opinions on that thread are dramatically different from the general population of Millenials- according to the Pew forum, only 53% were pro gay marriage as of 2010. But in the comments, only a tiny number of people in nearly 200 posts so far have admitted that they are against gay marriage. Why the disparity? Are there that few conservatives on this site? Do they stick almost entirely to the religious boards? Or do they have fears, either reasonable or unfounded, that conservative opinions are not welcome here?
I’m interested to hear the thoughts of both conservative/traditional/religious bees and others, and hopefully get a respectful dialog going- not necessarily about gay marriage, but about the demographics of posters here and whether people feel comfortable sharing controversial opinions.
Post # 3
Not all conservatives are against gay marriage. I identify myself as a conservative, but I fully support gay marriage.
Post # 4
I guess I’m not really conservative, although I would consider myself a conservative liberal, but I don’t think being conservative makes you automatically against gay marriage.
Post # 5
@Mrs. Fireworks: & natbug21
Fair point. I’m a “conservative” but there are a decent number of issues where I’m “liberal.” But as a group, liberals are more supportive of gay marriage, and I’ve worded my post in terms of generalities to keep it concise. The statistics I pointed out still stand.
Post # 6
well when you vote in the poll here it’s confidential so I don’t see why people would feel the need to hide that.. you don’t have to comment to vote. I can see people holding back from commenting in fear of being the minority, but to vote on here your identity is not revealed.
Post # 7
Personally, I am conservative/traditional/religious. When it comes to others, however, I am very liberal, as I feel it is not my place to tell people what to do/how to live. My own personal convictions do not mean that I must automatically stand for or against particular things, especially when there are so many ways to interpret things (such as the Bible, etc).
Post # 8
Something I noticed when I was in undergrad: conservative opinions are usually not received near as well as liberal ones, so most people with conservative opinions don’t volunteer them unless they feel like starting a debate.
Post # 9
I’m a conservative, I believe in conserving the constitution, and not being liberal with it. I don’t see anything in the constitution about gay people not being allowed to get married. I am also a stanch libertarian. Stay out of my business, and I’ll stay out of yours.
Post # 10
Are you sure you have the right stats? I think this says 64% of Milennials are in favor?
Post # 11
I am so conservative that I appear to be liberal on alot of issues. I am a states rights type of conservative, but not as crazy as Ron Paul is about it. I think that most of the more established bees know I am conservative and I don’t hide it, but I don’t always post to alot of subjects as I know that my views will ruffle feathers and I like to try to keep the Bee “my happy place”. If you were on my FB you would see my whole other side. My political tell you like it is – side. I do have some issues that I don’t always agree with my party on, and I don’t make those a secret also. I am well known for standing on chairs at political meetings and ripping someones ars over something that I don’t agree with.
Post # 12
I got the 2010 stat here:
Didn’t see that more recent study; thanks for sharing it. But that still leaves a pretty wide disparity between public opinion and the comments on the gay marriage thread.
Post # 13
@coastalbee88, You raise a very interesting point. At first, I read through your stats quickly and I thought the explanation was that weddingbee might have a younger average age which might be more tolerant, but then i saw that you indicated the age range.
Many of my conservative friends are pro gay marriage so the two aren’t mutually exclusive, but again the stats don’t talk about political affiliation.
I honestly don’t know why. I’d be curious to see what the polling group was like and what method of polling was used. Also, the exact question ask could change people’s answers.
Maybe it is because to be on Weddingbee you have to have access to internet and are perhaps more aware of other people outside of you real life circle????
I think it also had to do with the comments. People feel VERY strongly about this topic (I am one of them) so I can see how someone might be hesitant to voice their opinion.
Post # 14
On average Pew only calls 1,500 people per survey. I can’t base America’s opinion on a number that is so small.
They also don’t leave a message and wait for a return phone call, so for all of us who don’t answer numbers we don’t recognize, they don’t poll us.
Post # 15
I’m a conservative and am a pretty devoted follower of Christ… I voted, but after being around here awhile I didn’t really want to get into an ongoing convo/debate in explaining/defending why I believe what I believe SOOOOOO… I just didn’t comment. Plus I think most of the prominent bees around here would know how I’d vote. lol
Post # 16
I’ve noticed that on average, women are less homophobic than men. If age has been taken into consideration in that statistic, has gender? WB seems to be mainly female.
Also, the that poll was American, right? Many of us here are from countries that are less religious than the U.S. That could make the poll results different also.