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What North Carolinians think about abortion, gay marriage, tenure, etc.

Here is what North Carolinians thought on several key issues, according to a new Elon University Poll.

Abortion. Forty-five percent said the state should make access more more difficult while 41 percent believe access to abortion should be less difficult. There is a wide disparity between the parties, with 58 percent of Democrats believing abortions should be made less difficult while only 21 percent of Republicans think so.

Gay marriages: Forty-seven percent of voters oppose same-six marriages, while 43 percent support it. Democrats (58 percent) are much more likely to support it than Republicans(21 percent.)

Teacher Tenure: A majority of voters (53 percent) support a teacher tenure law, which the legislature recently abolished.

Teacher Pay: A majority(81 percent) think teachers are paid too little. The legislature did not provide a pay raise this as teacher salaries have sunk to 46th in the nation.

Energy exploration: North Carolina voters support constructing wind energy facilities on the coast(80 percent), fracking for natural gas(47 percent) and use of nuclear energy(47 percent.)

Immigration: Just over half(50 percent) believe immigrants benefit North Carolina because of their hard work and job skills, while 40 percent believe they are burden because they use public services. Democrats tend to have a far more positive view of immigrants than Republicans.

Drug testing: The legislature over rode Gov. Pat McCrory's veto of a bill that allows drug testing before receiving some welfare benefits. A majority (74 percent) support such drug testing.

Minimum wage: A majority (69 percent) support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour.

Catawba Indian Casino: The Catawba Indian Nation in South Carolina has proposed building a gambling casino near Kings Mountain. McCrory has said he opposes the idea. The poll found that 46 percent of voters support the idea while 43 percent of supporters oppose it.

The survey of 701 registered voters was conducted Sept. 13-16 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.


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