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New Elon Poll finds growing support for same-sex marriage rights

The latest poll numbers from Elon University find that six out of 10 people in North Carolina would oppose amending the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships or civil unions. That compares with 32% of residents surveyed who say they would support the amendment.

Just last week Public Policy Polling found broad support for the anti-gay marriage amendment. Yet the PPP poll also found much misunderstanding about the amendment itself.

In addition to the direct question about the May 8th constitutional amendment, the Elon poll also asked respondents to offer personal positions on legal recognition of same-sex couples. Here’s what they found:

  • 38 percent of respondents say they support full marriage rights for same sex couples, up from 36 percent in February and 33 percent in November.
  • 29 percent of respondents oppose any legal recognition for same sex couples, down from 32 percent in February and 35 percent in November.
  •  Support for civil unions or partnerships for same-sex couples, but not full marriage rights, was at 29 percent, one point higher than in February 2012.

“These results reflect what’s occurring nationwide,” said John Robinson, director of communications for the Elon University Poll. “Opposition to any legal recognition for same-sex couples has been on the decline for a year and support for full marriage rights has been increasing. Our results suggest that the majority of North Carolinians do not want same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships banned in the state constitution. Further, it appears that citizens support at least some kind of legal recognition for same-sex couples, either civil unions or marriages.”

To see the methodology for the Elon poll as well as the questions they asked about contraception and health insurance coverage, click here.

2 Comments


  1. L.F. Eason

    April 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Dare I hope?
    I do not understand the difference between Elon and other polls which are always much more discouraging?

  2. HunterC

    April 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Other polls often limit their selection to likely voters. Elon polls issues of the general population whether they are likely voters or not.

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