Poll respondents favor Anchorage mayor's library decision

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An opinion poll suggests that most Anchorage residents support Mayor George Wuerch's decision last week not to allow a gay pride exhibit at Loussac Library.

The telephone poll of 393 voters found that 54 percent approved of his decision, compared with 39 percent who disapproved. The other 7 percent weren't sure.

The survey was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday by Ivan Moore Research and was commissioned by the Anchorage Daily News, KTUU-TV, and KFQD-radio. The poll had an error margin of nearly 5 percent.

Respondents were asked, ''Do you approve or disapprove of the mayor's decision to the exhibit came down because it was promotional and appeared to violate the constitutional separation of church and state. A church was one of the sponsors.

The library controversy will be decided in court. The Alaska Civil Liberties Union sued the city Wednesday over the exhibit's removal, citing free speech and breach of contract issues. The exhibitors intended for their display to be up throughout June, which is Gay Pride Month.

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