Feb. 6, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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RALEIGH – The most recent Civitas Poll shed light on North Carolina voters’ views of actions by President Obama and by the courts affecting same-sex marriage and immigration.
The poll found that North Carolinians believe Attorney General Roy Cooper has a duty to defend the state’s marriage amendment approved by voters in 2012. On immigration, by an 18-point margin respondents favor Congress blocking Obama’s executive action to allow illegal immigrants to receive work permits and other official documents.
Text of selected questions*:
The North Carolina constitution recognizes marriage as being between one man and one woman. This was approved by a vote of North Carolina voters in a referendum. A federal judge recently ruled this was unconstitutional and directed the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. State Attorney General Roy Cooper refuses to defend the state’s view of traditional marriage, and the leaders of the state legislature said they would seek a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Which of the following statements comes closest to your opinion:
51% Since the U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled on the issue and North Carolina voters approved the marriage amendment, the Attorney General has a duty to defend the state’s constitution from federal interference.
40% Legislative leaders should accept the federal judge’s ruling. They should not petition the Supreme Court to decide whether North Carolina’s marriage law is constitutional.
9% Don’t Know/ Refused
The President has used executive action to allow up to 5 million illegal aliens to remain in the country legally and get work permits and other official documents. Congressional leaders have said they would pass legislation to block the President’s actions on immigration. When thinking on this issue, do you agree with the president or the congressional leaders who want to block him?
38% Total Agree With President
56% Total Agree With Congressional Leaders
27% Strongly Agree with president
11% Somewhat Agree with president
10% Somewhat Agree with congressional leaders
46% Strongly Agree with congressional leaders
6% Don’t Know/ No Opinion
*Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
About the poll: This poll of 600 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted Feb. 1-3, 2015 by National Research, Inc., of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered general election voters in North Carolina. Thirty percent of the respondents were cell phone-only users. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past two general elections (2012, 2014) or be newly registered to vote since November 1, 2014. 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.”
Civitas conducts the only regular live-caller polling of North Carolina voters. For more information on Civitas polling, see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.
The Civitas Institute – “North Carolina’s Conservative Voice” – is a policy institute based in Raleigh, N.C. More information is available at www.nccivitas.org, or contact Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099 or email@example.com.