Friday, September 30, 2011

Poll: N.C. respondents oppose marriage amendment

An Elon University Poll released today once again reaffirms that North Carolinians aren't gungho about a state constitutional amendment set for the ballot in May that defines marriage as only between one man and one woman. A new Elon poll found that a majority of North Carolinians remain opposed to that amendment. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed oppose a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. That's the same as in a February Elon poll, and up 6 percentage points since a 2009 poll.

A poll by Public Policy Polling released at the beginning of September, before N.C. lawmakers met in special session to vote on putting the marriage amendment on nex year's May ballot, said virtually the same thing. It said 55 percent of those polled were against the amendment.

The Elon poll also showed opposition to legal recognition of same-sex couples had declined a percentage point from February. In this poll, 34 percent opposed were opposed; in February, it was 35 percent. But in 2009, 44 percent were opposed. So opposition has significantly declined in two years.

Support for full marriage rights for same-sex couples has gone up 5 percentage points since February - from 28 percent to 33 percent; and it's up 12 percentage points since 2009, from 21 percent to 33 percent.

The poll has a 4 percent margin of error. Find the poll at


asdfawer said...

Nonsense. Barely 600 people were polled (over the phone), with no restriction on if the respondent was of voting age or even eligible to vote in the US.

Although statistically "valid" with a margin of error +/- 4 percent, there is no mention of sampling methodology or demographic statistics.

veteran5544 said...

There are 9 million people in NC and they polled less than a thousand, but the majority oppse this because a bunch of college students say so? Let the people decide on primary day. PS college age students rarely vote!

Not2blue said...

Anybody that really thinks that this amendment won't pass is out of their minds. The churches will rally around this thing and get busloads of little old ladies out to vote it in and it won't even be close. They do not want seperation of chuch and state, they want the church to RUN OVER the state, and by state I mean equal rights and justice for all it's citizens. Same sex couples need to start right now and figure out ways to get around this discrimination because it's coming. After all, this is still NC and NC is still backwards.