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Elon Poll: Majority of NC voters oppose anti-gay constitutional amendment

North Carolinians will go to the polls next May to vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. But a new poll from Elon University finds that a majority of North Carolinians remain opposed to writing discrimination into the state constitution.

Fifty-six percent of those surveyed oppose a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, according to the latest Elon University poll released Friday.

The poll also found the number of people who would prefer to see no legal recognition for same-sex couples has dropped since pollsters began asking  the same question two years ago.

Here’s the break down from the university’s press release, including the results from two previous polls:

N.C. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage
September 2011: 56 percent oppose / 39 percent support
February 2011: 56 percent oppose / 38 percent support
March 2009: 50 percent oppose / 43 percent support

Oppose any legal recognition for same-sex couples:
September 2011: 34 percent
February 2011: 35 percent
March 2009: 44 percent

Support civil unions or partnerships, but not full marriage rights:
September 2011: 29 percent
February 2011: 29 percent
March 2009: 28 percent

Support full marriage rights:
September 2011: 33 percent
February 2011: 28 percent
March 2009: 21 percent

 

 

7 Comments

  1. david esmay

    September 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Frances, Frances Jenkins, Eunice, Alex, no comments? Ah, a silent minority.

  2. wayne

    September 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    now if only they vote!

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  4. Brian

    September 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Is Elon surveying adult North Carolinians or voting North Carolinians? A “majority of North Carolinians” is not a “majority of NC voters”.

  5. Mike P.

    September 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I recall the quote from the fictional Francis Urquhart in the BBC show “House of Cards”: “polls are not meant to measure public opinion, they are meant to influence it.” Polls must always be read with discretion.

    The Elon poll is of “residents” only. In politics, if you don’t vote, you might as well not exist. They should at the very least screen for likely voters, or, preferably, try to project what turnout will look like in May.

    Second, why don’t they actually ask the question that will appear on the ballot? Why do they phrase it the way that they do? Ask the question as it will appear on the ballot: “do you support or oppose an amendment to North Carolina’s Constitution to provide that ‘marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only domestic legal union that will be valid or recognized in this state’?”. The way Elon phrases it, you might ask well ask if they support an amendment to “prevent polygamy,” because it will do that too. I will say right now that I think most of these polls are wrong, as we have seen innumerable times in other states, and I’m afraid they will have egg on their face come May.

  6. HunterC

    October 2, 2011 at 8:45 am

    A majority of North Carolinians that includes Republican US Rep. Renee Ellmers oppose the overly broad amendment.

    http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/10/02/1532832/amendment-is-too-broad-to-get.html

    Precisely because of the feelings about civil unions and other benefits shown in the Elon poll and the PPP polls.

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