LIVE VIDEO: News 2 at 5 PM    Watch
 
BREAKING NEWS: Unrest continues in Ferguson    Watch
 

John Edwards, Gay Marriage & Fracking: What NC Thinks

3:15 PM, Apr 15, 2012   |    comments
  • John Edwards father.
  • AP
    
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

NorthCaroina-- Public Polling Policy (PPP) recently released results on several issues making headlines in North Carolina. Pollsters asked headliners: John Edwards, fracking and gay marriage.

So how do you really feel?  

According to results on John Edwards: 56% of voters in the state believe the efforts against Edwards have been a waste compared to just 27% who think they've been a good use of public resources. And believe it not, there's actually a bipartisan consensus on that front: The majority of Democrats, independents, and Republicans all concur that this has not been money well spent.

Another 57% of voters think Edwards is guilty of the crimes with only 11% who believe he's innocent. Despite the fact that he's already been convicted in the court of public opinion, 59% of North Carolinians still think he can get a fair trial in the state to only 24% who think he can not.

Gay Marriage: North Carolinians agree with State House Speaker Thom Tillis: gay marriage will be legal in the state 20 years from now. 45% think the state will have gay marriage a generation from now compared to 41% who think it will continue to be illegal. Independent voters are the most optimistic for gay marriage (54/29) while Democrats think it will become a reality as well (52/35). Republicans (29% legal, 56% illegal) think the status quo will still rule in a couple of decades.

Fracking: According to pollsters, when asked most North Carolinians' response was 'huh?' That said, 49% of voters in the state have no opinion on the issue while those who do have one are pretty evenly divided with 24% in favor of fracking and 27% opposed. The party lines on the issue are pretty predictable- Republicans support it, Democrats and independents are opposed.

Related: What is Fracking

Other polling results:

How North Carolinians vote: Voters in our state continue to be extremely divided when it comes to how they'll vote for legislatures this year. 44% said if the election was today, they would cast their vote for Republican candidates and 43% vote for Democrats. The General Assembly as a whole remains remarkably unpopular with an 18% approval rating to 53% of voters who disapprove. But even though the Republicans are in charge voter anger seems to be directed pretty strongly at both parties.

To see the full poll click on PPP

Most Watched Videos