Make no mistake about it, the economy will be the issue that decides the November 2012 elections.
But Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, believes some Republicans in moderate districts could face a backlash for their support of the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Jensen says poll numbers show that even while 61% of North Carolinians oppose gay marriage, many voters don’t like the idea of writing discrimination into the state constitution. A recent PPP poll found 54% of voters support legally recognizing gay couples.
Jensen, who appears on News & Views this weekend, also believes Governor Bev Perdue would benefit from taking a stronger position on the amendment.
“This is something where coming out and being vocally opposed, I think, would send some folks who’ve been a little skeptical of her, a message that she’s really on their side,” said Jensen.
Perdue, who voted for a 1996 law that made gay marriage illegal in North Carolina, recently expressed disappointment that legislators were focusing on the constitutional amendment, and not the economy.
For a preview of Jensen’s interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below: