ppp_logoRALEIGH, N.C. — Public Policy Polling (PPP) reported in mid April that voters in the state have shifted their view on gay marriage.

In 2012, voters approved by a 22-point margin to ban same-sex marriage. Less than two years later, the opposition to gay marriage is only 13 points, mirroring the kind of movement seen across the U.S. on the issue, PPP said.

Numbers suggest that there is more tolerance. Forty percent indicated that gay marriage should be legal as opposed to 53 percent who think it should be illegal. With rising support for gay marriage throughout the country, 62 percent of young voters are for it, while 33 percent are not.

PPP also added, “There is increasingly little division among voters in the state about whether gay couples should at least have some sort of legal rights in the form of civil unions. Sixty-two percent support either marriage or civil unions for same sex couples to only 34 percent who think they should have no legal recognition at all. Sixty-eight percent of both Democrats and independents support at least civil unions, and even Republicans narrowly do by a 50/48 spread.”

WCHL reported that PPP’s Director Tom Jensen was able to explain the attitude change. “We’re really just finding that, as time goes on, both in North Carolina and everywhere, voters are becoming more and more accepting of gay marriage. … I think they’re more likely to know openly gay people in their lives who help change their minds about the issue.”

Exposure to “more positive images of gay people in pop culture and television” have broadened more acceptance, Jensen added.

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