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Poll: Increasing opposition to North Carolina’s Amendment One

Marriage equality

By Adam Bink

Just out earlier this evening, an Elon University poll shows 54.2% of North Carolinians either oppose or strongly oppose Amendment One, which bans all recognition of same-sex unions. Pam Spaulding has the news:

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% of North Carolinians (56.9%) 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.”

The Elon poll did not inquire about Amendment One support or opposition based on unintended harms to all unmarried couples in North Carolina, including a permanent ban on domestic partner benefits for public employees, as well as how it could negatively affect enforcement of domestic violence laws, child custody agreements and end-of-life directives. A recent state panel tasked with explaining Amendment One to voters found that there is significant debate among legal experts about how the amendment might impact various legal protections for public and private employee benefits as well as other harms. The panel ultimately concluded that the state’s court system would need to determine Amendment One’s lasting consequences.

“While the Elon Poll does not touch on the vast array of known and potential harms of this type of overreaching legislation—harms that were a reality in other states—it does mirror the momentum we’ve seen in our work on the ground throughout the state,” said Kennedy. The more North Carolinians know about Amendment One, the more support for it plummets.”

That’s absolutely true. Though this poll is not of likely voters, the trendlines in this race have ever been more towards opposing Amendment One.

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  • 1. _BK_  |  March 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    What needs to be done is educate the voters as to what Amendment One actually does…

  • 2. John_B_in_DC  |  March 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Good news for sure, but I won't really believe these numbers until they're backed up by an actual election. Our opponents have shown that they can effectively peel away at least 3-4% of our supporters at the ballot box so unless our support is polling well over 55% we shouldn't take anything for granted.

    This is going to be an interesting and nail-biting election with so many challenges that we can't afford to lose. Sure, our rights shouldn't be put to a popular vote ("popular"? heck, Prop. 8 was passed by 7 million voters, who imposed their beliefs on 37 million California residents) but when they are, it will be a great feeling to see our opponents smacked down by the voters.

    Will this happen in North Carolina? I'm not so sure. Don't know how much stock to put in it but NOM is touting a poll by the Civitas Institute that shows 64% AGAINST us in NC:

    As usual, NOM cherry picks the polls that show support for their position–even if it's just one out of a dozen others showing the exact opposite–while pretending anything else doesn't exist. And as always with these polls, it depends on who's asking the question, how they ask the question, and who they ask. But in the meantime we won't know anything for sure until after the election.

  • 3. bythesea  |  March 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

    This one is one we could lose, but there is a real possibility to prevail and it would be a huge boost to have a surprise victory in the South. It's definitely worth the effort.

  • 4. Seth from Maryland  |  March 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Bank of America's Cathy Bessant Speaks Out Against Amendment One

  • 5. Theo  |  March 10, 2012 at 6:23 pm


    We saw similar anti-Flop 8 numbers here in California, all the way up to September 2008 so people stopped telling our stories, believing that our fellow Americans could be trusted with the furthering of justice for all…

    As long as there are hapless Antigays with a grudge they cannot rationally explain to anyone, anywhere at anytime, they will lie and cheat and steal to keep Gays people as merely 3/5 American,


    WE CAN HAND NoM their head on a plate with this one, and the rest of the Antigay dominoes WILL fall…as long as we don't give up!!!!

  • 6. Jamie  |  March 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

    These polls from Elon are worded poorly. More than half of North Carolina residents don't understand that Amendment 1 bans civil unions, domestic partnerships and other laws. They are going to vote for Amendment 1, not realizing the broad and severe impacts. "I'm just protecting marriage" they will say as they inadvertently obliterate the rights of their neighbors.

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