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What NC Thinks of Charlotte Ordinance — April 2016 Poll

May 10, 2016



Our April 2016 poll asked key questions about the furor over use of bathrooms and changing rooms in the state. Here is one:

As you may know, the Charlotte City Council passed a new Bathroom Ordinance that allowed transgender people to use the bathroom or locker room of their choice – including the bathroom and locker room of the opposite biological sex. Now I am going to read you two viewpoints on this topic and then please tell me which one you agree with more… (ROTATE)

29%     Supporters of the ordinance say this a reasonable policy for transgender people who may prefer to use the bathroom of the opposite biological sex because they feel unsafe or uncomfortable using the bathroom of their own biological sex.

61%     Opponents of the ordinance say this is an unreasonable policy because it creates a loophole that gives sexual predators access to women’s locker rooms and bathrooms, and women and girls feel unsafe and uncomfortable being forced to share the women’s bathroom with a biological man who may or may not identify as female.


7%       Other/Neither/Both (DO NOT READ)

2%       Don’t Know/ Refused (DO NOT READ)

To find out more about the poll, including opinions about key political races, click here.

For questions, or to arrange an interview, please contact Brooke Medina, communications director, at

Civitas has conducted live-caller voting in North Carolina since May 2005, and we are the only public policy organization offering statewide independent, nonpartisan data on a regular basis. Our polls have provided vital insights on what North Carolina voters think of the leaders and issues facing the state and nation.

Founded in 2005, the Civitas Institute is a Raleigh, NC-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit policy organization committed to advancing conservative ideas and shrinking the size of government. Civitas fights to eliminate government barriers to freedom so that North Carolinians can live a better life.

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