North Carolina is divided on same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage divides North Carolina the way it divides the rest of the nation. And there’s no clear consensus among North Carolinians. When asked if they support or oppose same-sex marriage, 45 percent of respondents said they oppose it and 44 percent said they support it.

To a great extent, it’s a moot issue today, given that last year N.C. voters passed a constitutional amendment saying that marriage is between one man and one woman. As politicians discuss how their views¬†are “evolving,” it is unclear that North Carolinians’ are.

Digging deeper in our poll, people are divided by their:

Politics: 57 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of Independents and 21 percent of Republicans said they support same sex-marriage.

Age: 55 percent of 18- 30-year olds support it, declining steadily to 30 percent of 65 years and older.

Gender: 50 percent of women support it vs. 36 percent of men.

Race: 44 percent of whites support it vs. 36 percent of blacks.

We also asked if respondents had a relative or friend who was gay or lesbian. Sixty-eight percent said they do.¬†“Only 30 percent of those without a
gay or lesbian friend or relative supported gay marriage compared to 49 percent
support among those with a gay or lesbian friend or relative,” said Poll Director Ken Fernandez.

Nationally, last month Pew Research took a look at several recent polls and concluded: “All of the major national polls now find more supporters than opponents of same-sex marriage. But there is no consensus in the polling as to just how many Americans now actually think that same-sex marriage should be legal.”

— John Robinson

2 responses to “North Carolina is divided on same-sex marriage

  1. Pingback: North Carolina remains divided on abortion, gay marriage | Elon University Poll

  2. Pingback: Same-sex marriage ban still a debate for North Carolinians | Mary Kate Brogan

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