Ever more more instructive was one of the questions in the poll that asked if "...the legalization of gay marriage in Vermont had a positive or negative impact on your life, or has it not had any impact at all?" Overall, 60% of respondents said it hadn't had any impact at all, but a look inside the numbers saw that this opinion was held by a majority of most voters in the state by ideology. The crosstabs show that 73% of political moderates said there was no impact on their own lives, so did 60% of those who said they were "somewhat conservative," and 43% of those who describe themselves as "very conservative." The "very conservative" category was the only one with a majority saying that the new law had a "negative effect" on their life, at 56%.
Lest anyone think that this group of somewhat-to-very Vermont conservatives aren't the real thing, this same group opposed the newly established state-level single payer health care system by large margins, with 68% of "somewhat conservative" voters rejecting it and 81% of the "very conservative" category.
The PPP (D) survey included automatic interviews with a large sample of registered voters for a small state like Vermont, 1,233 voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.