Despite the increasing popularity of gay marriage nationwide, a majority of North Carolinians support a constitutional amendment that bans them and civil unions. Plus, the Supreme Court gets less popular, while President Obama and Mitt Romney trade places in polls. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Findings: 55 percent of North Carolina voters support a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, while 41 percent oppose it.
Pollster: Public Policy Polling
Methodology: Robo-calls to 982 likely North Carolina voters from April 27 to April 29.
Why it matters: North Carolina is the only southern state with out a constitutional ban on gay marriage, and Americans have gotten much more supportive of gay marriage since a wave of constitutional bans passed in 2004. And the poll shows opponents of the measure have done a poor job explaining to the public what's in it -- the amendment would ban not just gay marriage, but civil unions, too. PPP finds that people who know the measure bans civil unions oppose it by 60 percent to 38 percent. Those who don't know it bans civil unions support it 72 percent to 27 percent. The vote is next week.
Caveat: PPP is a Democratic firm.