Poll: Same-Sex Marriage Played Role in NY City Congressional Upset

By Penny Starr | September 14, 2011 | 3:39 PM EDT

Bob Turner, center, joined by his wife Peggy, right, and family smiles as he delivers his victory speech during an election night party, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 in New York. Turner says his win in a heavily Democratic New York City district is a "loud and clear" message to Washington. Turner defeated Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday to succeed Anthony Weiner who resigned amid a sexting scandal. It's the first time a Republican has been elected in the district. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(CNSNews.com) – The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) released results of a survey Wednesday that shows that the same-sex marriage law passed recently in New York played a role in the Republican win in the congressional race to replace Anthony Weiner.

On Tuesday, Republican Bob Turner beat Democrat David Weprin by a 54 to 46 percent vote, and the win will send a Republican to Washington to represent New York’s 9th Congressional district for the first time in 88 years.

Weprin supported the same-sex marriage law, and voters reacted, according to a survey conducted for NOM.

“This survey demonstrates what many people have been saying for a long time – David Weprin’s vote in favor of same-sex marriage cost him election to the U.S. House,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage. “NOM funded a major independent expenditure campaign in this race and the survey shows that marriage was a major factor in the race and cost Weprin the election.”

The survey by QEV Analytics interviewed 251 actual or highly likely voters in the NY 9th Congressional District and concluded just as the polls closed on Tuesday. It found the following:

• Fifty percent (50%) of district voters believe that marriage should only be between one man and one woman; while only 38% of voters disagree (13% didn’t express an opinion).

• Marriage supporters include 88% of Orthodox Jews, 53% of Catholics and 47% of other Christians.

• A high correlation exists between a person’s position on marriage and their vote between Turner and Weprin. Those who agree marriage should only be between a man and a woman voted for Turner 81% - 19%. Turner won Orthodox Jews 91% - 9%; Catholics by 72%-28%; Other Christians 53% - 47%. Weprin won among non-Orthodox Jews 69% - 29%; among Other/None/Don’t Know 76%-24%.

• Among those who agree with the traditional definition marriage, 44 percent said Weprin’s position was a factor in their vote, while 29% of those who disagree said his position was a factor.

“When the New York legislature voted to redefine marriage, NOM vowed that we would hold those legislators accountable. This is what happened last night,” Brown said. “Legislators were sold a bill of goods when they were told by Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) that they could redefine marriage and suffer no political consequences.

“All you have to do is look at David Weprin’s shocking loss to Bob Turner to understand that voting for same-sex marriage has consequences,” Brown said.

The large Jewish population is also credited for Turner’s win. Even though Weprin is a self-described orthodox Jew, Jewish voters perceive Democrats – and President Barack Obama – as not giving Israel the support it deserves as a U.S. ally.

Turner – an Irish Catholic – was surrounded by Democrats and Jewish leaders when he gave his five-minute acceptance speech in Howard Beach, Queens on Tuesday night.

“I promised you I’d get to work; I’d better go do that,” Turner said at the conclusion of his remarks.