North Carolina lawmakers return to Raleigh for a special session on Monday, headlined by whether North Carolina needs a constitutional amendment against gay-marriage.
A new poll released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling finds while 61% of North Carolinians oppose gay marriage, voters view the issue of expanded rights for gay couples as complicated and evolving.
If the election was held today, 55% of the poll’s respondents said they would vote against the Republicans’ proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships for gay couples. Only 30% would vote for the amendment.
When asked whether they would support civil unions in North Carolina, 54% of voters would support legally recognizing gay couples (25% for marriage, 29% for civil unions) with 43% opposed to any sort of legal recognition at all.
The proposed constitutional amendment also doesn’t play well with young voters in North Carolina. More than three-fourths (78%) of those under the age of 30 said they would reject the Republican amendment, according to PPP’s latest findings.
“It’s pretty simple: North Carolinians don’t support gay marriage but they also don’t think this constitutional amendment is necessary,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “And they also think this particular proposal goes too far by targeting civil unions, which many voters in the state support.”
PPP surveyed 520 North Carolina voters from September 1st to 4th and has a margin of error
for the survey is +/-4.3%.
To see the complete poll results, click here.