Earlier Tuesday, HRC trumpeted a poll it commissioned that showed 70 percent of the 500 self-identified LGBT folks surveyed were okay with the non-trans ENDA. We immediately asked who these people were – HRC members or subscribers of the Advocate? (The magazine was first out of the box to post the story about the survey, leaving some to wonder if the two were joined at the hip on this one.) Minutes later, we received a call from spokesman Brad Luna, who assured us that the 500 folks were "randomly" selected "from across the country" and were "not HRC members and not Advocate readers." He declined to name the polling company that conducted the survey, which he said was done by telephone.
If I put together a survey like this, my list of 500 "LGBT community members" would probably have been boys I'd played with... Mario! I meant played Mario with! But that doesn't mean that it's worth anything, since I only tend to play Mario with a specific, nonrepresentative segment of the LGBT community.