Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina voters support allowing those who wish to have “Choose Life” as a specialty license plate the option to do so according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.
According to the poll of 600 likely voters, 68 percent of voters said they support allowing citizens the choice to display the pro-life license plate. Twenty-four percent said they were opposed and eight percent said they didn’t know.
“Considering that 24 other states have approved these plates, North Carolina voters want to exercise free speech and allow citizens the option of choosing who and what they support,” said Civitas Institute Policy Analyst Jessica Custer.
North Carolina offers 100 types of specialty license plates. Fifty additional specialty plate bills passed out of committee last year. However, House Bill 168/Senate Bill 210, “Choose Life Special Plate,” was denied a vote. The bill is currently pending in both the Finance and Rules committees.
The House and Senate versions of the bill set the plate fee at $25 which allots $10 to the Special Registration Plate Account and $15 to the Collegiate and Cultural Attraction Plate Account. Those funds would be dispersed among non-governmental, not-for-profit agencies that provide pregnancy services at no cost.
Moreover, support for allowing North Carolina voters the option to have the “Choose Life” plate is a bipartisan issue with 76 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats in support.
“Regardless of race, political affiliation, or gender, the citizens of North Carolina support the right to free speech,” added Custer.
Those wanting to support the bill can join the “Free Speech, ‘Why Not, N.C.?’” rally on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11am on the North Carolina General Assembly lawn. Russ Amerling, a key leader in the Choose Life license plate campaign, will be the featured speaker.
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This poll of 600 likely general election voters in North Carolina was conducted May 20, 22-23, 2010 by National Research Inc. of Holmdel, New Jersey. 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.