Poll: North Carolina voters oppose constitutional ban on gay marriage

Staff Reports

ELON, N.C. — A new Elon University Poll released Friday shows that a majority of North Carolinians oppose Amendment One, a constitutional amendment on the May 8, 2012, North Carolina primary ballot that bans relationship recognitions and threatens protections for the state’s unmarried couples.

The non-partisan poll revealed that 54.2 percent of North Carolinians surveyed either oppose or strongly oppose “an amendment to the constitution that would ban same-sex marriage.” Only 37.8 percent polled were in any way supportive of Amendment One.

The poll also illustrates a dramatic increase in the category of “strong opposition” to this type of amendment from only one year ago, with 34 percent now voicing strong opposition versus 21.8 percent in February 2011.

Overall opposition to Amendment One increased even further when North Carolinians polled were asked whether they opposed an amendment to the North Carolina constitution “that would prevent civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.”

Nearly 57 percent of North Carolinians polled opposed or strongly opposed an amendment on that basis.

“The Elon University poll is a clear sign that North Carolina is AGAINST Amendment One,” said Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for Protect All NC Families, the coalition effort to defeat Amendment One.

“The more people learn about this poorly-written amendment and its unintended consequences, the more they realize it will harm our children, their families, unmarried women, and seniors,” said Kennedy.

The poll, conducted Feb. 26-March 1, 2012, surveyed 605 North Carolina residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.98 percentage points.

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