April 2, 2012
New Elon poll: 60% of North Carolinians oppose Amendment 1
A new Elon poll released today has an even better outlook than previous polls for opponents of Amendment 1 in North Carolina. The poll of 534 North Carolina residents has a margin of error of +/- 4.24. Some other findings from the poll include:
• 38 percent of respondents say they support full marriage rights for same sex couples. That’s up from 36 percent in February and 33 percent in November.
• 29 percent of respondents oppose any legal recognition for same sex couples. That’s down from 32 percent in February and 35 percent in November.
• Support for civil unions or partnerships for same-sex couples, but not full marriage rights, was at 29 percent. That’s point higher than in February 2012.
Coming a month ahead of the vote on Amendment 1, the polling trend seems to suggest more confusion about what the amendment would actually do; this is something a similar poll released last week from PPP suggested as well.
As Think Progress says:
The seemingly conflicting polling from recent weeks reflects a general lack of understanding about the full impact of the measure. This poll found that 66 percent support at least civil unions or partnerships for same-sex couples, so when asked if they would ban all legal recognition of their relationships, it makes sense that such a strong majority opposes the amendment. There are 37 days until the May 8 vote to continue educating North Carolinians about just how far-reaching Amendment One truly is.
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce has come out in strong opposition to Amendment 1
From Protect All NC Families:
The text of the Durham Chamber of Commerce resolution reads as follows:
“The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce opposes Amendment One for the following reasons:
1. The process by which Amendment One was presented to the voters and questions raised by text of the proposal appear to put at risk domestic partner benefit plans that are common among the Chamber’s members. It is likely to create uncertainty around ongoing employment practices of the Chamber’s members, and create the prospect of unnecessary legal, administrative, and financial burdens for the Chamber and its members. Since there is no compelling or clearly articulated need for such a fundamental change in the law, the adoption of the amendment would be imprudent.
2. One of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce’s primary roles is economic development. In that role, the Chamber meets regularly with businesses interested in relocating or expanding in Durham, and with entrepreneurs interested in forming their business in Durham. Through those meetings the Chamber receives the consistent message that a stable and diverse workforce is critical to those businesses in making the decision to locate here. North Carolina currently has the advantage of being the only state in the region without a Constitutional provision of the type proposed by Amendment One, and therefore it is better able to compete for business with states that do not have such Constitutional prohibitions. The Chamber believes that the absence of such a Constitutional provision gives North Carolina, and Durham in particular, a competitive advantage when recruiting new businesses, encouraging existing businesses to expand, and persuading the highly skilled workers those businesses value to live here. Therefore, the Chamber believes that the adoption of Amendment One could discourage economic development and job creation in Durham.
3. Finally, Amendment One is inconsistent with the spirit of Durham. The Chamber embraces diversity as a defining element of the Durham community. Surveys of Durham’s citizens and feedback from companies considering locating here consistently show that Durham’s diversity and tolerance are fundamental elements of its identity and its appeal. Further, studies of successful communities consistently rank diversity as a key component of innovative and economically vibrant regions. The Chamber cannot support any initiative that threatens such a vital component of the community’s economic success.
Accordingly, for the business reasons stated above, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce encourages the people of Durham, and all of its members and their employees to vote “no” on Amendment One.”
$25,000 matching gift will go to Protect All NC Families
As Joe Sudbay over at AMERICABlog says:
Okay, one more: Adam also notes that “Opponents of Amendment One have stepped up to help fund the campaign.” – That includes many of you. And, as Pam Spaulding reports today, big donors from within the state are ponying up:Big announcement from Protect All NC Families this AM: “A generous businesswoman and her husband have stepped up to offer a $25,000 matching gift to our campaign. This means that every dollar that you give to us will be doubled up to $25,000 — which would mean an additional $50,000 for our campaign.” https://secure.actblue.com/page/ncmoneybomb
Pam Spaulding has more on that, as well as more editorials in opposition to Amendment 1.
Beginning April 23, Vote for Marriage NC will begin airing pro-Amendment 1 ads
Via Pam Spaulding’s post we also learn this
We have also received information that Vote for Marriage NC has purchased air time beginning on April 23, very likely to showcase the special kind of ugliness that Frank Schubert can cook up.
Mark Armour and Chad Griffin are producing our ads now and we hope to be able to go on the air soon. The momentum is palpable. Just yesterday we had two major editorials from conservative papers keying on the conservative opposition to the amendment. Our field offices are humming. More and more North Carolinians are stepping up and we can carry this momentum forward.
With one month to go before the vote, let’s hope we can spread the word enough to win this thing.