Both polls report results that indicate a majority of North Carolinians believe same-sex couples and/or civil unions deserve legal recognition.
The difference is that the Elon University Poll surveys North Carolina residents, not likely voters. PPP does surveys likely voters. When PPP asked how they will vote on the amendment – and used the specific ballot wording – most respondents said they support the amendment. When they are asked generally about same-sex marriage or civil unions, they support those, too.
The ballot wording — in which the only relationship mentioned is marriage between a man and a woman — is confusing to likely voters.
The Elon Poll asked specifically about the issue of same-sex couples, but did not use the ballot wording. We weren’t trying to find out whether the issue would pass. We were surveying residents to determine what their opinions on the issue were.
— John Robinson