As North Carolina prepares to vote on a constitutional amendment that would ban both marriage and civil unions between same sex couples, a new survey released by Public Policy Polling (D) might represent a discouraging development for opponents of the measure.
The poll shows that 58 percent of likely primary voters in the state intend to support the amendment, while only 38 percent intend to vote against. But the poll also indicated that opponents to the amendment might be suffering from an under-informed electorate.
Part of the problem is that voters are not well informed about what the amendment does. A 34% plurality say they are not sure on that question. Almost as many (31%) do know that it would ban both gay marriage and civil unions, but then not many fewer (28%) think it would only ban marriage. 7% actually think it would legalize gay marriage. Those who think it bans solely marriage rights are voting 67-30 for it, so 8% of North Carolinians, while misinformed, are voting against the measure simply because they think it bans same-sex marriage alone. Of course, those who think a “yes” vote actually legalizes these unions are voting by the same margin for it.