Poll: Gay marriage ‘complicated,” majority in NC oppose anti-gay amendment

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.


  1. Mike P.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Is this poll as accurate as all those Field polls in California before Prop 8 passed?

  2. Carrot Cake Man

    September 8, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Those Field Polls in California were taken BEFORE the massive influx of illegal contributions, Mike. Those forcing the vote, which TOOK AWAY the established right of same gender California couples to legal marriage, pulled the biggest CON JOB in California history, blanketing the airwaves with deceptive advertizing paid for with contributions that were NOT reported as required by California law.

    The federal judge who revoked the H8te Vote has in his possession a letter written by Catholic bishops to Mormon leaders in which they both agreed to violate California campaign finance laws to throw the H8te Vote by making secret, illegal cash and in-kind contributions to the H8te Vote. The letter serves as proof positive they knew they were breaking the law; the letter itself is an act of criminal collusion. We know the Mormons made the Hate Videos shown on TV, but they refused to report these in-kind contributions as required by law. We know Mormons operated secret, illegal call centers in Idaho and Utah from which they made deceptive calls, because a million Californians reported these deceptive calls where anti-gays claimed a “yes” vote would support marriage equality. We know Mormons were told by their leaders to make large, secret contributions to the H8te Vote under pain of excommunication, and we know Mormons sent their church members from out of state. Mormon leaders were required by California law to report these contributions, but they refused.

    The question is, will the same groups commit campaign finance violations to throw THIS vote?

  3. HunterC

    September 8, 2011 at 7:25 am

    PPP polling was the only polling outfit that correctly predicted the narrow marriage equality loss in Maine a couple years ago.

    Until proven otherwise, I continue trust PPP polling on marriage equality issues over other pollsters.

  4. Eric

    September 14, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    This poll is good news, but let’s hope the 55% who oppose show up on a primary election day in May.

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