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Raleigh, N.C. – As the General Assembly returns to session next month, an overwhelming majority of North Carolina voters continue to voice support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as an act between a man and woman according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the live caller poll of 600 likely voters, 70 percent said they support legislation defining marriage as between a man and woman. Twenty-four percent said they were opposed and six percent said they were not sure.
”Despite the fact that a majority of North Carolinians support the measure and a majority of House members have sponsored House Bill 361, this critical legislation continues to be held up by Speaker Joe Hackney and a handful of powerful special interest groups,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.
North Carolina is the only southern state that does not have a marriage defense amendment in its state constitution. HB 361, “Defense of Marriage,” did not make it out of committee last session.
Support for the amendment has remained consistently high throughout Civitas’ five years of polling with support for a constitutional marriage amendment at never less than 70 percent.
Furthermore, support for the marriage amendment remains a bipartisan issue among North Carolina voters with 68 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of Republicans in support.
”Regardless of race, sex, political affiliation or any other way to slice up North Carolina voters, the marriage amendment has universal support,” added De Luca.
The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. The Institute will host its 5th anniversary poll luncheon on Wednesday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the North Raleigh Hilton. Event information can be found at http://www.nccivitas.org/events/. For more information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.
Full text of question:
Would you support or oppose a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as an act between a man and a woman?
Support – 70%
Oppose – 24%
Not Sure – 6%
This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted April 13-15, 2010 by Tel Opinion Research of Alexandria, Virginia. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters we interviewed had to have voted in either the 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.
The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in either the 2004, 2006 or 2008 general elections or were newly registered voters since 2008.