Civitas survey: Voters support traditional marriage

| July 2, 2015

imagesby Civitas Institute, June, 29, 2015.

In the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, a recent Civitas Poll of North Carolina voters shows that two-thirds of them still support the traditional view of marriage.

Sixty-four percent of voters supported the clause in the North Carolina Constitution that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. Sixty-three percent of respondents said they think officials who object to same-sex marriage on religious grounds should not be compelled to perform same-sex marriages.

Additional results from this poll will be released at our poll presentation Tuesday, June 30. For more information, click here.

Following is the exact wording of the questions related to the gay marriage issue, in the order in which they were asked.*

Do you support the State Constitution, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman?

64%      Yes
31%      No
5%       Don’t Know/Unsure
—          Refused

Do you think state government court officials, such as a register of deeds, who oppose same sex marriage on religious grounds, should be compelled to perform and certify same sex marriages, even if it clearly violates an individual’s religious convictions?

31%      Yes
63%      No
7%       Don’t Know/Unsure
—          Refused

*Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

The poll surveyed 600 registered North Carolina voters, 30 percent of whom were reached on cell phones. The survey was taken June 23-25, and had a margin of error of plus/minus 4 percent.

Crosstabs for poll here.

About the  poll: This poll of 600 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted June 23-25, 2015 by National Research, Inc., of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered general election voters in North Carolina. Thirty percent of the respondents were cell phone-only users. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past two general elections (2012, 2014) or be newly registered to vote since November 1, 2014. The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.”

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  1. Jason A. Thomas says:

    I would question this poll’s findings based on selection bias. I hate to resort to stereotypes but landlines are not utilized very much (or at all) in the younger generation, and the younger generation seem to be more likely to support gay marriage. I feel that 30 % of cellphone polling is not adequate to get a representative sample group. I would also like to see a breakdown of age.

  2. Richard L Bunce says:

    Employees (government and private) who do not do what their employer hired them to do should be terminated immediately. Government should not be in the relationship approval business but if they are then all relationships should be in play, including multiple partner relationships.