Voter confusion over Amendment One. Shocked! I'm shocked, I tell you!

Really interesting article in the News&Observer Craig Jarvis does a good job pointing out just how murky voter approval/disapproval is for A1 mostly due to a lack of understanding.

"...7 percent of those surveyed thought it would legalize gay marriage, instead of the opposite."
"...only about one-third of the respondents actually know what the amendment would do."
"The PPP poll showed 28 percent of voters think the amendment only bans gay marriage."
"Thirty-four percent acknowledged that they really don’t know what it means."

It is bad enough that the NC Legislature is trying to write discrimination into our state constitution,
it is bad enough they are using the constitution to infringe on the rights of part of the population,
it is bad enough they are insulting citizens of a "free" society by requiring further permission to form unions of love and affection;
BUT to top it all off they intentionally make the language and ballot description as vague as possible so as to use our ignorance and short attention spans to facilitate its passing.

Don't believe me? Check this out,

"In January, the polling firm reported 56 percent in favor and 34 percent opposed," BUT,
"when told that it also prohibits civil unions, support drops to 41 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed."

It is a good article. Check out the whole thing here



Sometime it just makes me want to hang my head and cry.

Good post. Thanks.