That’s according to a poll by FOX News contributor Patrick Caddell.
Of course, there are some problems with the poll, such as the fact that it’s an online survey and not clear as to where or how it was taken, that it’s significantly out of line with other more substantiated polls, and doesn’t quite show what is claimed. But there is also a clue in the wording of the questions.
According to the poll document, people were asked for their positions on three key statements:
“I believe there can be a common sense solution that both protects religious freedom and protects gay and lesbian couples from discimination [sic]”
“Federal and state governments should be able to require by law a private citizen to provide a service or provide their private property for an event that is contrary to their religious beliefs”
“It should be up to the federal government to determine what constitutes legitimate religious beliefs“
Over 71% of people polled agreed with that first statement, which is being mostly overlooked in the far right coverage of the survey.
But the key pivot of the survey is the second question, which is once again framed to focus on “an event that is contrary to their religious beliefs.” Once again, something is framed as being about marriage, and then cited as representing the perceived conflict between religious freedom and LGBT human rights protections.
There is something similar in framing an argument as being about conscience. As opposed to, you know, not wanting to have anything to do with “those people.”