Six out of 10 people in North Carolina would oppose Amendment One, an amendment to the state constitution that prevents any same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships or civil unions, according to the latest Elon University Poll of potential voters. Just one in three polled support the constitutional rewrite.
The poll, conducted March 26-29, 2012, comes just over a month before the public will head to the polls to decide whether to add such an amendment to the state constitution.
In addition to the direct question about a constitutional amendment, the poll asked respondents to offer personal positions on legal recognition of same-sex couples, and data shows a shift in favor of rights for gay and lesbian couples.
– 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.”