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Poll: North Carolinians support anti-gay marriage amendment

A new poll by Public Policy Polling released Friday shows that if the election were held in late October, a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage,

Henry Hamer
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Nov 04, 2011

A new poll by Public Policy Polling released Friday shows that if the election were held in late October, a constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships in North Carolina would pass with a margin of 24 points. However, North Carolinians also say they support civil unions even though the amendment would ban them.

According to the poll, the amendment would pass with 59 percent of the vote to 35 percent which is down from 61 percent in September.

Twenty-six percent of North Carolinians support full marriage equality for same-sex couples and 34 percent support support civil unions.

According to the poll’s authors, that presents a problem.

“The problem is that 40 percent of those favoring some form of legal recognition are still planning to vote for the amendment- even though it would bar all legal recognition and not just gay marriage,” wrote PPP’s Tom Jensen. “Getting pro-civil union voters to oppose the marriage amendment will be the key for those hoping to defeat it- there’s a lot of education to be done.”

Only 38 percent of the state believes gay and lesbian couples should have no relationship rights at all.

Henry Hamer | I'm currently working for Google's Chrome team in Munich, Germany, as a developer advocate. I was a member of the team responsible for the online presence of Sueddeutsche.de, one of Germany's largest daily newspapers, from January 2010 to November 2011. I used to work for Yahoo! on their similarly massive European news pages before joining Sueddeutsche. I've concentrated my efforts on the internet, which has turned out to be a fantastic decision.

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