I at first liked MR’s commenter’s Andrew:
“The median voter is a dumbass.”
But then commenter Wagster had to ruin the fun:
Andrew – not dumbass, just too damn nice.
It’s important to understand why the response changes. The respondent doesn’t like gay men and lesbians more than homosexuals, but he/she is speaking to a stranger over the phone about a volatile subject. If the interviewer uses words gay people use to self-identify, then the respondent — in order to not offend — will respond favorably. If the interviewer uses the words that gay rights opponents use, again the respondent will attempt to not offend, and bend with the direction the interviewer is signaling.
It’s true, folks, MR’s comments are the best