An Ayres, McHenry & Associates poll of 1,000 likely voters completed May 6 indicated that this year’s presidential election could pivot on social issues in swing states (where George W. Bush and Al Gore competed closely in 2000). Those issues, the poll demonstrated, strongly favor President Bush over John Kerry.
In these swing states, voters oppose legalizing same-sex marriage, 67% to 26%. They favor a federal marriage amendment, 50% to 43%. They support the death penalty, 66% to 24%. They believe “under God” should remain in the Pledge of Allegiance, 89% to 6%. And they favor banning partial-birth abortion, 51% to 36%.