New Poll: 80% of Missourians Oppose Forcing Religious Clergy to Defy Beliefs over Gay Marriage

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New Poll: 80% of Missourians Oppose Forcing Religious Clergy to Defy Beliefs over Gay Marriage

By: 
Ryan Johnson

Jefferson City, MO – Ryan Johnson, President of Missouri Alliance for Freedom, today released the results of a recent public opinion survey that shows Missourians are overwhelmingly in support of protecting religious freedom.

In the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges case, which held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license same-sex marriage, the decision’s full impact has yet to be determined. 

"The results of this public opinion survey are clear and irrefutable. Missourians believe the rights of pastors and priests should not be infringed and religious property should be defended," said Ryan Johnson, President of the Missouri Alliance for Freedom, a conservative public interest group.  "There is little doubt that those who wish to impose a culture of conformity on the American public, regardless of a person's religious beliefs, will attempt to exploit the recent Supreme Court decision as an opportunity to force their views upon others who do not believe as they do."

A survey conducted August 25 through August 26, 2015. 831 likely voters participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match expected turnout demographics for the 2016 General Election. Margin of Error is +/- 3.4% with a 95% level of confidence. Totals do not always equal 100% due to rounding. Survey conducted by Remington Research Group on behalf of Missouri Alliance for Freedom.

Q: In your opinion should the government be able to force priests and pastors to perform same-sex weddings if same-sex marriage violates the clergy’s religious beliefs and the teachings of the church?

Yes…………………………….15%

No……………………………..78%

Unsure…………………………7%

Q: In your opinion should churches, synagogues, mosques, or other religious property such as a schools be forced to host same-sex weddings or events if it violates the religious convictions of the religious institution?

Yes…………………………….15%

No……………………………..79%

Unsure…………………………6%

Q: In your opinion, do you believe the government should be able to force a private business, like a baker or a florist, to provide services for a same-sex wedding if it violates his/her religious beliefs?

Yes…………………………….24%

No……………………………..71%

Unsure…………………………6%

Q: In your opinion, should elected officials such as county Recorders of Deeds or Judges be forced to issue same-sex marriage licenses if doing so contradicts his/her deeply held religious beliefs and is violation of his/her conscience?

Yes…………………………….43%

No……………………………..50%

Unsure…………………………7%

Q: In your opinion, should the federal and state government be able to require by law that a private citizen provides services or provide their private property for an event that is contrary to their religious beliefs?

Yes…………………………….15%

No……………………………..76%

Unsure…………………………9%

Q: In your opinion, which of the following do you believe is most important? Protecting religious liberties, protecting same-sex rights, or are they equally important?

Protecting religious liberties……………………..66%
Protecting same-sex rights………………………….8%

Equally important……………………………………….8%
Unsure………………………………………………………17%

Q: In your opinion, should a private employee be required to submit dues to a labor organization if that labor organization donates money to an organization whose practices conflict with the employee’s religious beliefs?

Yes…………………………….29%

No……………………………..54%

Unsure……………………….18%

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