POLL: Marriage amendment will pass

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Submitted: Mon, 05/07/2012 - 3:31pm
Updated: Mon, 05/07/2012 - 8:58pm

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Left-leaning Public Policy Polling released its final poll before North Carolina’s primary election Monday and said an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as only between a man and a woman has strong support.

PPP predicted the amendment would pass by 16 percentage points.

“The final yes percentage will likely be somewhere in the 57-59% range depending on how the undecideds break,” PPP offered in a news release.

Click here to see the whole poll

PPP said its research shows the race for the Democratic nomination for governor has tightened a bit.

A week ago, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton had a 10-point lead. Now, PPP said his lead is down to five with him at 34 percent to 29 percent for Bob Etheridge. Bill Faison, Gary Dunn, and Gardenia Henley are all at 4 percent, and Bruce Blackmon rounds out the field at 2 percent.

On the Republican side, Pat McCrory continues to be the presumptive nominee. PPP said the only suspense it foresees on election night is if he can hit 90 percent over his challengers.

Polling showed him at 70 percent before the election with his closest challenger at 4 percent – 20 percent remain undecided.


  • Guest33 says:

    I can only imagine that these are the same conversations that were taking place at Sodom and Gomorrah. The day before the Lord destroyed it. For the same reasons you have here. I’m good with it. Lord, bring it on. Wash this filth out of my land.

  • GMAB says:

    I wish the people who support this amendment would wake up. Just how many people do you know that are in a traditional family. Most families I know are a combination of a woman and a man who have both been married several times and each has children from several marriages.There are single moms and single dads and many people just live togehter and have children and never get married. The republicans are trying to force their religious beliefs on everyone.It is not the job of government to dictate religion or morals..this is very dangerous.

  • NC Dude says:

    Why do people care about what the world thinks about North Carolina?? Who gives a flip. I’m originally from Texas and people think we’re a bunch of hicks, rednecks and cowboys. Oh well!! Thousands of people move to Texas everyday! Texas has this in their constitution and no one cares. North Carolina take a stand and stop worrying about this dying world. Vote for the Marriage Amendment!!!!

  • Guest7969 says:

    your right! WHO are they to tell me who I can be with…I want to marry my DOG…she’s more loyal to me than any human female could be!…see where that went…cause your generation is doing such a BANG up job with morals…THAT is where it would go…

    As far as stupidity and intolerance…POT MEET KETTLE! You are JUST as intolerant of Christian believes as they are of yours.

  • Guest2020 says:

    If you grew up in a Christian home you would know that the Bible considers homosexuality to be immoral, therefore your argument about moral rights does not hold water.

  • Guest727 says:

    I’m 17 years old and I find this amendment to be very ignorant. Who has the right to tell somebody who they can and can’t be with? Seriously, it’s the older generation who is homophobic and full of garbage, my generation is tolerant and accepting, people need to realize that this is the 21st century and get over themselves. If it came down to it, a nuclear family wouldn’t be too happy if they were told that they had to divorce or couldn’t be together because of some stupid law. Get real people. Stop being idiots. Also, by no means am I trying to be rude, but I just felt the need to express this because I’m a supporter of gay rights but I grew up in a strict Christian home, therefore, I know what the Bible says and whatever but I also believe in the moral rights of others. Thank you and have a nice day!

  • Guest1971 says:

    You sound really tolerant saying that the older generation is full of garbage & that they need to get over themselves. Name calling is not an example of tolerance. Bless your heart!

  • Guest7969 says:

    mongering!…it absolutely would NOT stop YOU from claiming YOUR children on your insurance..stop your lying

  • Guest2020 says:

    This amendment has no effect on a parent providing insurance for their child. And since part of NC’s definition of domestic abuse includes household members regardless of their relationship, the domestic abuse laws and protective orders would be affected. There is no constitutional of separation of church and state. Besides, this isn’t the government making a law, it is the people.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    You are full of B.S. It will in fact not eliminate a persons child health insurance. It’s not a holier than thou attitude. It’s pretty damn simple, some folks just believe it is wrong. They are in fact entitled to that opinion and can vote based on said opinion.

  • They Do Not Care says:

    The so called “Christian” Conservatives do not care if this amendment eliminates your child’s health insurance or eliminates your protective order. They have everything they need and they do not care about you. Their holier than though attitude makes me sick. What ever happened to separation of church and state?

  • Guest7969 says:

    like the liberal do to the MAJORITY…like that!?

  • Guest2020 says:

    When this amendment passes it will be the majority who voted for it,not just a few.

  • jj says:

    Why are a few trying to force everyone to do what they want? I am sure once they are voted down they will be doing everything they can to force their beliefs on the rest of us.

  • Guest6985 says:

    What is this same sex “marriage” all about?

    Putting the emotional rhetoric, sound bites and one-line zingers aside, I always ask what is the same sex “marriage” issue all about. Is it really about benefits and the right of survivorship? Is it really about recognition or equality? I really do not think it is about any of the above. The same sex “marriage” is not even a spiritual, Christian or religious matter, even though many of the proponents of traditional marriage are religious. I think it is a much deeper and more serious plot and a very well thought, and patient agenda

    I also wonder if the same sex “marriage” activists are willing or unwilling participants of the plot or agenda.

    The same sex “marriage” movement is not about benefits or right of survivorship. If that is the case why isn’t the movement lobbying or fighting for those benefits. There are many municipalities, public and private organizations that provide benefits to homosexual couple as to the heterosexual counterparts. And all these benefits can be easily attained without changing what marriage is. The fact is no one cares if same sex couples inherit each other’s possessions or share medical insurance or retirement plans.

    The same sex “marriage” movement is not about recognition either, homosexual couples live in peace as their heterosexual counterparts in fact homosexuality has become a celebrity status for many.

    It is also not about equality. Equating homosexual marriage to heterosexual marriage is the same as equating apples to oranges or homosexual sex to heterosexual sex. A white person can ask to be called black all they want but that will not make them black. Same sex marriage is not and will not equal traditional marriage any way you look at it.

    The same sex “marriage” is not even a Christian or a spiritual matter even though same sex “marriage” advocates are relentlessly attacking Christianity and Christians as narrow minded, backward, intolerant folks for opposing same sex “marriage”. The fact is most religious and cultural beliefs are advocates of traditional marriage.

    It is a societal and cultural issue.

    First, we need to separate the personal from the corporate, the personal freedom from the societal benefits. On the personal level no one objects to two people living together and enjoying the freedom and benefits we all have. Corporately however, there is a benefit to the culture and to our civilization from stable traditional marriage. There is no benefit to the society from homosexual union whatsoever it only benefit its participants.

    Same sex “marriage” activists are part a bigger agenda. This agenda has used political homosexuality as one of its weapons. This bigger plot or agenda has and continues to target the traditional family structure which is the bed rock foundation of any successful, stable, safe civilization. Civilized cultures have always and will continue (maybe not here in America) to protect the traditional marriage because it is the one single factor the will promote, improve, and keeps the culture strong. Strong family structure benefits the entire culture not just the individual family. This protection is not for the benefit one man and one woman as a married couple but rather for the safety and security of the children that will become the next generation.

    The modern political homosexual movement traces it roots to an agenda that is more than 100 years old. Most gay activists in the political homosexual movement are “unwilling participant” of this agenda and they are not aware that they are being used by the bigger agenda. They are used to promote an agenda that is not theirs and the successes of this agenda will ultimately contribute to their demise. In fact Nikolai Lenin had a name coined to such groups, look it up. This agenda did not start in the 60’s or 70’s but rather with the founders of communism from the 19th century and their militant followers. See the founders of communism have always known that they can not conquer and destroy America in a war, they knew America is a strong country not because it’s military but rather because of it’s strong fabric, the family, the Judeo- Christian foundation and patriotism. They knew in order to destroy America it has to be done from within and by its own people. The principles, goals and objectives they put in place over a hundred years ago have been slowly but surely infiltrating our culture and now we are reaping the consequences of that agenda.

    Among the more than 40 objectives the communists had, were the objectives to destroy the family by promoting pornography, easy divorce, degrading the father’s role in the family and the promotion of homosexuality and other sexual life styles and make them equal to traditional marriage.

    It is a big and grave mistake to think that the same sex “marriage” is about equality, recognition and benefits. It is about the destruction of the strong foundation of America. And if they succeed and destroy this foundation, this destruction will create a void that will be filled (in my opinion) by communism or islam either of which is extremely hostile to homosexuality and will be homosexuals biggest nightmare.

  • Guest2020 says:

    And they say they just want to be free to love who they choose and for us to stay out of their bedrooms. We have done that and as expected it wasn’t enough. They stay in our faces, they have invaded our churches, in some states they have invaded our classrooms. The more we give the more they want.

  • Guestiii says:

    I agree — “same sex marriage” is an attempt to force society to accept an evil.

  • GuestUSMC says:

    Yes, unfortunately it will pass. It will also reflect the absolute ignorance and stupidity of many who reside in North Carolina. The sad thing is, all of us will stand to be considered a bunch of behind the times Neanderthals. Hopefully, there will be so many legal challenges that it will never go into effect.

  • Guest2020 says:

    When the people vote to pass this amendment, it becomes law. There is no challenging the amendment once it passes. The only legal recourse will be to repeal it.

  • Guest857 says:

    …and while we are at it, let’s invoke the Blue Laws again so that we can start to parallel the Sharia Laws that this force my religion down your throat crowd is so against. We live in a free country. Let’s keep it that way. Good post Common and GuestUSMC.

  • Guestgustd says:

    The state will face boycotts by tourists, conventions, investors if this ignorant amendment passes. The only hope is that it will be challenged in the court system. It is so poorly written, it will most likely be overturned.

    If it passes, I hope the opposition gets an amendment on the ballot allowing marriage licenses to EXPIRE after 7 years! Heterosexuals need freedom from divorce laws!

  • Truthseeker says:

    To the 17 year old who cannot even vote! You have not learned enough to tell adults what marriage is. You are the result of a male and female, not two members of the same sex. Babies deserve to be raised by both sexes. If you know the Bible you know that God defines marriage as between man and woman. Personally I could care less if gay or not, but do not try to define same sex marriage as the same. When you grow up young man and have experienced life you will realize that God’s law should not be circumvented by the desires of the unfaithful. Your views are flawed and you need introspection!

  • Guest727 says:

    Welcome to the 21st century, my close minded friend. You’re the reason the world we live in is headed the way it is. Yes, I do know the Bible, but that doesn’t mean that I believe in it so I could honestly careless what it says is right or wrong. Obviously you’re pretty hurt over the fact that this Amendment has even surfaced and I respect that, but who are you to tell me that I am too young and immature? Nobody, in the “Christian” world, only God can judge in the Bible, I will gladly point out that you have no right to judge me based on anything. And to the young man statement, well sir or madam, I am a young lady and I am very well educated in this matter and I’ve been through more than you would think, so before you judge, turn to your God for guidance because the way I see it, you’re a hypocrite. And you can take that straight to the church.

  • Lindsay says:


    Your words are why gay teenagers in NC commit suicide. Words hurt people. Your words are prejudice and bigoted and you are trying to justify by using the bible. There are good christians and you are not one of them. It is called separation of church and state for a reason. You can have discriminatory beliefs but don’t put them into my government constitution. Also, the bible talks about making women who have been raped marry their rapist. I hope you wouldn’t marry your daughter off to her rapist. Also, men in the bible had lots of wives. Is that okay with you? Is it okay with you to make women me inferior to men and make them shut up because that is i the bible too. Please go educate yourself on this amendment because it will do so much more. Gay people can’t get married now, and they won’t be able to get married if this doesn’t pass. If you don’t like gay marriage don’t get married to a person of the same sex its that simple.

  • Ed says:

    If god is clear that babies need to be raised by both sexes..why would god choose a single unwed mother to give birth to gods son?

  • The Realist says:

    The whole United States is missing a vital fact in this disscussion. There are gay people all over the world. Get over it. They have every right to live their life as they choose. However, gay is not a race, or ethnic group. It’s not a religion. Being gay is not a disability. “Gay” is a sexual preference. You can live together, own property together, be each other’s closest and dearest friend,love each other, but you’re only gay if you prefer, and practice, gay sex. Be as gay as you want to be. Call each other husband and wife. Hold hands and kiss in public. It’s your right. Don’t expect the government to pass laws for you or grant you special considerations. The marriage amendment is not about being gay. It’s about benefits, tax breaks, and entitlements, and a simple put, sexual preference does not qualify.

  • irish1 says:

    I don’t see how you would think that just because a gay couple wants to marry, they are asking for special considerations. If a couple wants to get married, regardless if they are heterosexual or homosexual what’s the difference? How is this asking for special treatment? The benefits, tax breaks and entitlements I guess you are speaking of are already provided for married couples. This amendment and others like it all over this country are pure and simple homophobia. Since this amendment is about not allowing gay marriage … as I see it … the special considerations are for the proponents of such legislation. I say let them be as miserable as the rest of us! It will be funny to watch after the divorces start rolling in and one side loses half of their stuff, just how stupid they will feel for wanting to enter into the supposedly “sacred” institution in the first place.

  • thackejl says:

    Do you know what happens though when something becomes legalized? Have you read about the public school curriculum changes that have taken place in Massachusetts since gay marriage was legalized? Now the state feels an obligation to teach, normalize, and promote tolerance of homosexuality. So they spend taxpayer dollars to fund “gay days” in schools, conventions, curriculums, teaching materials…. And the list goes on. The schools do not give parents an “opt out” choice when they are about to teach these controversial issues to their children. It becomes an infringement on religious beliefs when tax dollars are spent to promote an agenda that is against someone’s religion. Liberals have such a problem when tax dollars are spent on Christian symbols at Christmas time because it infringes on your right to religious freedom, but yet the same thing is happening here.

    And even though it is already law, the amendment would make the marriage definition part of the North Carolina Constitution. If this amendment is passed by the voters, then under state law it can only
    be changed by another vote of the people. From the state’s official explanation document (www.ncsbe.gov/GetDocument.aspx?id=2525

  • GMAB says:

    Right, the same majority that voted to allow guns in the parks where our children play and voted against funding for education. We need to vote them out.

  • Christian says:

    By teaching these controversial issues to our children, something that the majority of people believe as not the norm, will be taught as completely normal. The agenda is to start young and teach homosexuality is as wholesome as apple pie. Homosexuals cannot reproduce so they must recruit.

  • Guest1322 says:

    How about WWAY actually wait until after the vote. What’s the rush guys? It’s tomorrow. #voteAGAINST

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    I voted against it but knew that it would pass while I was standing there poking at the screen. It will pass easily.

  • Robo says:

    It will pass if everyone who believes in traditional marriage between one man and one woman, as well as the value of the family unit, go to the polls. Don’t believe all the false statements and scare tactics being used by those against the amendment. Vote FOR the marriage amendment.

  • Challengetheworld says:

    A family unit can be two moms and a child or children, it can be two dads and a child or children, it can be a mother and her children, or just a father and his children.

    Anyone who has told you otherwise, this is just as bad as racial segregation. Why is it anyone’s business who marries who?

    Enough is enough. States are passing gay marriage and we’re banning it? The nation may have been founded one nation under god, but not one nation under the bible.

    I see North Carolina take one step forward only to take 30 steps back. Its not 1950 anymore.

  • Dennis says:

    …because instead of the Church doing something about the 50%+ divorce rate among Christians, let’s triply-ban gay marriage and waste $millions in lawsuits.

  • tweety says:

    Well the original constitution was written for them not us.Discrimination?????

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