Elon Poll: Keep Obamacare, But Fix It

Elon Poll: Keep Obamacare, But Fix It

11:51am Jun 15, 2015

A new poll shows how North Carolina compares to the rest of the country on its attitudes about several decisions expected this month from the U.S. Supreme Court, including the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage.

The Elon University poll suggests residents are warming to what’s become known as “Obamacare”, which is in line with the national figures.

60 percent of the respondents statewide said they’d prefer to see the Affordable Care Act modified rather than get rid of it all together, if the Court strikes down a controversial portion of the law.

But when it comes to same-sex marriage, there’s much a wider spread. 54 percent of respondents here believe the state should decide, compared to 47 percent nationwide. 

"There has been, at the national level, greater acceptance of same-sex marriage where as in North Carolina, there has been increased tolerance, " says Kenneth Fernandez, director of the Elon poll. "But we’ve actually seen with the Supreme Court case and some federal rulings that there’s been a little bit of a backlash and there’s been more reluctance to embrace same-sex marriage."

The polls found North Carolina voters also were more open to images on specialty license plates, which stems from a Texas case. 55 percent felt that plates which displayed a confederate flag showed be allowed.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story attributed the national statistics as state statistics for respondent's views on same-sex marriage. 

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