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John Aravosis, AMERICAblogGAY: Do anti-gay initiatives really help get out the vote?

Do anti-gay initiatives really help get out the vote?
by John Aravosis,  Septemger 12, 2011

The LA Times writes today that it does.

But it’s not all Priuses and lattes in the state that gave the world NASCAR and Jesse Helms, and putting a gay-marriage issue on the same ballot as a presidential contest is a well-established GOP strategy to turn out social conservatives.

It could still have some juice, even in the age of Gaga and “Glee.”

“There’s no doubt that there would be some advantage in motivating voters for Republican candidates,” Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told the Associated Press, adding: “We are polarized on this.”

I remember a PowerPoint presentation, I believe created by a Republican, arguing quite the opposite. Namely, that the anti-gay ballot initiatives in 2004 around marriage did not help GOP turnout for Bush. Does anyone else remember this study?


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