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07/06/2009

FRC writer's own source link: It's like Pinocchio linking to his own growing nose

by Jeremy Hooper

Wanna see Family Research Council spinjob in action? Well here, check this out. This is what FRC has to say about a new poll covering New Hampshire governor John Lynch:

After Gov. John Lynch (D-N.H.) betrayed voters and signed a same-sex "marriage" bill into law, some pundits suggested that the issue didn't carry the same political risk that it once did. According to a new poll, they couldn't be more wrong. In the aftermath of Lynch's marriage flip-flop, his approval ratings have plummeted. The survey, conducted by the University of New Hampshire, found that Lynch's disapproval ratings in the last five months have gone up 15%--the highest since he took office in 2005. Also, the Governor's favorability rating has dropped a stunning 21%, with more voters indicating that they were more likely to vote against Gov. Lynch because he legalized homosexual "marriage."

Liberal activists who think this is some sort of statistical fluke need only to look toward the American Research Group which also found that the Governor's approval rating hit an all-time low since signing the legislation. The man who enjoyed a 70% approval rating earlier this year now has the backing of less than half his state. Leaders beware! Support for same-sex "marriage" is not without its political price. Any politicians who cross voters on marriage do so at their own peril.

**FRC's Included source link: Examiner.com: NH poll reflects Lynch as wishy-washy
Lynch Pinned in Poll [FRC]

Got all that? Okay, well now check this out. This comes from the very link that FRC includes as their source:

It's no surprise, really, given his well publicized wishy-washy approach to some of the polarizing legislative issues this year, that New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch's favorability rating has slipped.

Think gay marriage. Think medical marijuana. Think video slots gambling.

Think playing both ends of the middle too often.

For the first time since October 2005, according to a University of New Hampshire Granite State Poll, the Lynch's favorability has slipped to below 70 percent.

The most recent polling shows 63 percent of New Hampshire adults approve of how he is handling his job as governor, 27 percent disapprove, and 11 percent are neutral or don’t know.
...
While the same-sex marriage bill had an impact, it was not devastating politically: 28 percent of New Hampshire adults saying they are less likely to vote for him because he signed the bill, 19 percent say they are more likely to vote for him, but most Granite Staters, 52 percent said it will have no effect on their vote. The effect was most felt among the GOP: 49 percent say they are less likely to vote for Lynch because he signed the same-sex marriage bill.

NH poll reflects Lynch as wishy-washy [Examiner]

Okay, first off: Even with the drop, the governor, as you can read, still maintains a 63% approval rating. Now of course that, the key point, is never mentioned by FRC. Instead, they focus solely on his disapproval and unfavorable ratings, which even among Republicans are only at a minority 43% and 42% respectively [see poll data (pdf)].

And then the big whopper, which is highlighted in the very link to which FRC directs its readers: Same-sex marriage actually had little to no effect on this new poll! The vast majority say it had no effect on their views, and the percentages of "more likely" supporters and "less likely" opponents pretty much cancel each other out. The negligibility of the impact is explicitly spelled out not only in FRC's source link, but also in the poll data itself (pdf). But yet the FRC writers editorialize that "any politicians who cross voters on marriage do so at their own peril "??! They present same-sex marriage as the key issue? And they, long supporters of the most dreadfully unpopular president in American history, are chastising a governor who still maintains a fairly healthy, bipartisan favorable rating?!

Sorry, FRC, but even for you who have treated actuality like a particularly resilient string of taffy, this is still quite the stretch.

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We must remember that lying is elevated to a moral value when it's done in the name of Jesus. Falsehoods magically become truth. Their entire belief system relies on Magic Truth.

Posted by: Richard Rush | Jul 6, 2009 5:37:52 PM

At least they did include the link to the article that they misconstrued. But, the fact that they lied about the results is only partially mitigated by the fact that they armed their hordes with the weaponry necessary to refute the lie. We know that they rely on the gullibility of the mindless zombies who read and subscribe to their dogma, so they probably expect that very few of them will actually read the linked article - and that even less of them will be able to understand and detect the lies.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 6, 2009 6:15:50 PM

Jesus? Focus on the Family worships their father, the lord GOP. Bigotry and lies are sacred sacraments of their religion.

Posted by: penguinsaur | Jul 6, 2009 6:23:24 PM

FRC stated in a post a few weeks ago that the take over of the NYS Senate had to do, in part, with Dems pushing marriage. Which of course isn't true because Republicans were dangling marriage equality in front of the Dems to entice them over to their side.

Posted by: stojef | Jul 6, 2009 11:19:14 PM

To those promoting the anti-gay agenda, the end justifies the means. They can lie, cheat, steal and harm others (while calling it "loving the sinner") and it's all OK as long as they reach their goal. The goal, of course, is the destruction of gay families and eradication of gay Americans.

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. (Proverbs 12:22)

Posted by: Michael | Jul 6, 2009 11:51:27 PM

I suppose I shouldn't be suprised at how similar their tactics are to those of creationists. Many of them are probably the same people. It's called quote-mining. These people are good at it.

TRiG.

Posted by: Timothy (TRiG) | Jul 7, 2009 6:35:44 AM

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