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  Poll: NC Opposes Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
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ContributorHomegrown Democrat 
Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Sep 09, 2011 01:36am
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AuthorSteve W.
News DateFriday, September 9, 2011 09:35:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWhile North Carolina residents overwhelmingly support keeping their statutory ban on same-sex marriage, a new poll by Public Polling Policy (PPP) says that a majority would reject a constitutional amendment enshrining the state’s gay marriage ban that also blocks same-sex couples from all legal recognition, an amendment Republican lawmakers are pushing to put on the 2012 ballot.

Of 520 North Carolina voters independently surveyed from September 1st to 4th, 61% of respondents in the state said they want same-sex marriage to remain illegal and only 31% supported overturning the state’s 1996 statutory ban. However, 55% said they would also vote against the Republican constitutional amendment that, based on language proposed by the state senate, would ban marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. Only 37% would vote for such an amendment.

There are some familiar trends in the polling data, too. Some 63% of Democrats and 52% of independent voters would reject the amendment. Interestingly, such severe language in the amendment would see 47% of Republican respondents also voting against and only 31% openly saying they would vote for it.

Mirroring earlier polls, among the most opposed to the amendment are African Americans with 61% voting against, and 78% of respondents under the age of 30 saying they would reject the amendment as worded.
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