At the Civitas Institute we conduct monthly polling of North Carolina voters. Civitas President Francis DeLuca often says that every poll is a snapshot in time and gives great insight into what voters are thinking and feeling in that moment of time.
Well, a March 8 poll found that 66% of North Carolinians oppose the recently passed Charlotte ordinance that allows men to enter women’s restrooms.
36% support an outright override of the ordinance. 30% said lawmakers should let voters in Charlotte decide by declaring a Mecklenburg County referendum on the issue.
Governor McCrory and the General Assembly should act now to support the clear will of the people and hold a special session to address the Charlotte ordinance, which is bad for women and children, bad for business owners, is in clear conflict with state law, and is decidedly unconstitutional.
It is clear that the majority of North Carolinians want common sense in NC. And this majority continues to be ignored by leaders in our state including Roy Cooper, who says that state lawmakers should not make it a priority to address the Charlotte ordinance. Of course it should be a priority!
Even before the ordinance was passed, a petition opposing it reached 22,000 signatures before the Charlotte City Council chose to ignore the will of the people… and pass it. The will of the people was clear then and it is even clearer today.
That March 8 poll found that Charlotte had the greatest support for an override of the recently passed ordinance- greater than Greensboro, Raleigh, or citizens in the southern region of the state. The LGBT and liberal groups love to say that Raleigh should not be butting in to Charlotte’s business but in reality, the message clear- citizens of Charlotte want action.
Thankfully, the General Assembly has decided to listen and will hold a special session tomorrow.
More polling data on this issue should be available from Civitas in the near future. Check back soon!