The state’s 10 largest newspapers all wrote editorials against Proposition 8. This included both the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Other papers, in other states, also wrote editorials about Proposition 8, including The New York Times, La Opinión (Los Angeles) and The Bakersfield Californian.Opinion Polls
In order to amend California’s Constitution, a simple majority must be enacted. There were a variety of opinion polls conducted that estimated what the outcome of this proposition is. Edison/Mitofsky is one of those that chose to conduct an exit poll for the National Election Pool, which is the only source on California voter demographics in 2008.Results
It takes some care to interpret the results of exit polls. This is because they do not include information about poll locations, which can be a problem, making them more inaccurate because of geographical bias. In this exit poll 2,240 voters were polled and the results showed that there were voters on both sides of the issue showing up. Neither side was more present than the other though.
The exit poll initially showed that African Americans were the biggest proponents. However, Patrick Egan from New York University and Kenneth Sherrill from Hunter College in New York wrote a report for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Herein they showed that this wasn’t true according to data from where two-thirds of California’s black voters live (Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco counties).
Exit polls also showed that those who described themselves as being religious were the biggest proponents of Proposition 8. They also showed that young voters formed more opposition than older voters.
What Educators Had To Say
A lot of educators were also speaking out against Proposition 8. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board Of Education voted unanimously to come up with a resolution in opposition to Proposition 8.
One million dollars was donated by the California Teachers Association in order to fight against Proposition 8.
Chancellor Robert Birgeneau from U.C. Berkeley claimed that Proposition 8 would threaten California’s academic competitiveness if it were to pass.
A documentary film that was produced by the Mormons premiered to sell out audiences at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.