Poll shows some voters confused over Amendment 1

Posted on: 1:14 am, April 19, 2012, by

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Amendment 1 would change the state’s constitution to define marriage as the union between only one man and one woman. But a recent poll shows there’s some confusion over what the amendment really does.

A recent poll from Public Policy Polling said 7 percent of North Carolinians think the amendment legalizes gay marriage. Twenty-eight percent think it only bans gay marriage.  Thirty-four percent admitted they don’t know what the amendment would do at all.

Specifically, the primary ballot reads “Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

View full marriage amendment bill from state General Assembly (PDF)

The ballot asks voters to choose either for or against that statement. As a result, voters who oppose same-sex marriage would vote for the statement, and voters who support same-sex marriage would vote against the statement.

Early voting begins Thursday.

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