KANSANS SUPPORT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
--Survey reveals 90% of Kansans agree lawmakers should fully protect religious freedom --
Wichita, KS, February 24, 2014 -- As the debate over protections for religious liberty moves forward in Kansas, new numbers reveal overwhelming support for vital legal protections in advance of any federal court rulings regarding the Kansas Marriage Amendment.
Kansas Family Policy Council Action released groundbreaking poll numbers on how Kansans feel about protecting religious liberty today. The findings of the poll show significant support for religious liberty and in particular the protection of religious liberty in the context of marriage.
Highlights of the poll include the following:
- 90% of Kansans agree that “Kansas lawmakers should fully protect religious freedom”
- 70% of Kansans polled disagree that “it is okay to have to forfeit some of their religious civil rights and liberties for same-sex marriage to be recognized under Kansas law.”
- The survey found strong support for protections for churches and religious institutions when it came to their objections on issues such as performing marriages, providing facilities and providing adoption and social services.
- 64% of Kansans would support “a bill that protects a Kansan employee or business owner in the wedding industry from being forced to assist in a same-sex marriage – either by photographing, catering or providing some related service – if that meant violating their faith.”
“These numbers show very strong support for protecting the religious liberty of Kansans, specifically related to the issue of marriage,” stated Robert Noland Executive Director of Kansas Family Policy Council Action.
“We believe that these numbers show that a majority of Kansans are in strong agreement in their desire to preserve key civil liberties. It should also demonstrate to our lawmakers that Kansans are not at all confused about these issues despite misinformation in Topeka about proposed religious freedom legislation.”
“We conducted this poll because we wanted to center the debate on what Kansans think, not what the outside groups want Kansans to think. And clearly, they are united in their support for protections for churches, clergy and individuals/business owners,” Noland concluded.
The KFPC Action poll was a state-wide, random-probability telephone survey of 400 registered voters conducted on February 19, 2014. The margin of error was +/- 5.0 with a 95% level of confidence.
Click HERE or on the image below to view 2 pages of polling charts in pdf format.