N.C. poll shows positive trend on marriage rights

News Notes: Carolinas

by Lainey Millen  Special Assignments  specialassignments@goqnotes.com
Published: March 19, 2011 in Carolinas News Notes

ELON — An Elon University Poll released on Feb. 28 showed that a majority of North Carolinians support marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples and oppose a constitutional amendment to prevent same-sex couples from marrying. The poll also revealed significant increases in public support for LGBT equality in just the last two years.

The poll showed 57 percent support for marriage, civil union or partnerships for same-sex couples, with only 35 percent opposing any legal recognition for same-sex couples.

That represents 9 percent increase in support for legal recognition of same-sex relationships in the past two years. This year, 29 percent support civil unions or partnerships, while 28 percent support full marriage rights.

The survey also found a 56 percent of North Carolinians oppose or strongly oppose an amendment to the state constitution that would prevent any same-sex marriages, with just 38 percent supporting. Opposition to the amendment increased 5 percent in the last two years.