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Poll: Support slips for NC’s anti-gay marriage amendment

Equality NC and the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families will officially step-up their campaign next week to defeat the anti-gay marriage amendment on the May 8th ballot. But a new poll suggests their early groundwork to make voters aware of the broad and untested language of the proposed constitutional amendment is already having an impact.

The latest numbers by Public Policy Polling show 56% of North Carolina primary voters saying they would support the marriage amendment, with 34% opposed to it. That represents a two-percent shift since December, when the the outcome was 58/32.

PPP notes on its website that while the shift can be attributed to voters becoming more aware of how far reaching the amendment would be, those working to defeat the ballot initiative have more work to do:

“There are a lot of voters who are fine with civil unions but not with gay marriage who are planning right now to vote for the amendment, not realizing that it would ban civil unions too.  But some of those folks are starting to move out of the ‘yes’ column, and getting a bunch more of them to will be the key to defeating the proposal.”

Critics of the amendment and legal scholars say it would not only prohibit same-sex marriage, as state statute already does, it would bar the state from passing civil unions, instituting domestic partnership rights, and invalidate trusts, wills, and end-of-life directives by one partner in favor of the other.

3 Comments

  1. Jack

    January 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    The anti-gay marriage amendment. Yet another example of how conservatives want to get government out of our lives – not.

    Fact is conservatives want to establish greater government control over the lives of North Carolinians. Lots of people will support such conservative efforts such as the anti-gay marriage amendment as long as such government control is directed toward “those” people.

    All the more reason to support “Running Against Discrimination” and other efforts to again legalize discrimination in NC.

    It’s as if the decades of civil rights progress never happened.

    Where are the out spoken Baby Boomers as a massive correct-thinking voting block? Are they out there? Will they show themselves in time?

  2. Wayne

    January 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    North Carolina was, is and always will be a festering cesspool of bigotry, with the current amendment proposal being only the most recent evacuation. Better to use the money to feed the hungry children the despicable heterosexual marriages and allied republicans have created and bide your time until the supreme court invalidates the measure as it has done so often in the past with NC’s legislative missives.Then the unfortunate citizens of that cesspool can proudly display yet another trophy of their putrid bigotry!

  3. Mike P.

    January 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Two points is not a ‘slip’- it is explained by random variation. You never get a group of people in a poll who perfectly represent the state. Much more important, as NYU’s Patrick Egan has observed, is the number of people saying that they are opposed to the measure. That figure has been stable in all the polls PPP has done.