Data Depth (Men, Women & Same Sex Marriage) and Mardi Gras

I have something similar to the flu that has sidelined me for a few days (as if you couldn’t tell by the title of this post).

That noted, I have not forgotten about exploring in more detail at all those issues from the most recent Elon Poll. Hopefully, health permitting, I’ll be able to provide some additional insight to some issues — same sex marriage, abortion, health care, video poker/sweepstakes games, and charter schools — by looking at these across ideology, age, gender, as well as some other demographics (e.g., urban/rural). Below is an example of how I hope to explore these issues; looking at same sex marriage by gender, women and men appear to differ based on what option they prefer with regard to marriage rights:

Question about statements closest to one’s position on same sex marriage issue by gender
Male Female
Three positions offered respondents on this issue [statements rotated] (#1) oppose any legal recognition for same sex couples 43.9% 37.4%
(#2) support civil unions or partnerships for same sex couples, but not full rights 30.8% 29.4%
(#3) full marriage rights for same sex couples 25.3% 33.2%
(N=448, +/-4.7%)

Though these data are self explanatory, i.e., more women support same sex marriage rights than men, the key to this relationship is that it is not statistically significant, which means that one’s perspective about marriage rights is not associated with one’s gender.  In English, there is no difference in peoples’ perspectives of same sex marriage based on their gender (statistically speaking that is).  So, if gender doesn’t provide insight to understanding same sex marriage, what does?  We’ll keep parsing these data to figure that out, so stay tuned.

Finally, as an honorary Cajun (or the other affectionate term “c.a.”, which, believe me, is something I earned), to all my Cajun pals — Happy Mardi Gras!
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One response to “Data Depth (Men, Women & Same Sex Marriage) and Mardi Gras

  1. How was “statistical significance” defined for the purpose of this poll? And how was this definition applied to the data? I’d be curious to know. I’d also like to know whether there are other studies or meta-analyses which do show a statistically significant gender difference in attitudes about gay rights and gay marriage.

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