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Poll: More in N.C. support end to gay Scout ban

More North Carolina residents favor an end to the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay youth members than those who oppose it, according to an Elon University poll conducted this month.

The poll released Friday shows 49 percent of those questioned said they support an end to the ban on gay Boy Scouts. Another 39 percent said they want the ban to continue, and 11 percent said they don’t have an opinion.

The poll was conducted April 5-9 among 770 residents, according to Elon University officials.

The survey was done with live telephone calls and has a margin of error of 3.53 percentage points.

The results were released on the same day that the national Boy Scouts organization announced it will submit a proposal to 1,400 voting members of the National Council, asking if they favor an end to the ban. Under that proposal, which will be voted upon next month at a meeting in Texas, the ban would be ended only for youth members.

It would remain in effect for adult leaders.

Mark Turner, executive with the Mecklenburg County Council of the Boy Scouts, could not be reached Friday.

Elon poll officials noted that North Carolina respondents’ opinions on gay Scouts differed from their feelings about gay marriage.

In the same survey, Elon officials say, 46 percent said they oppose gay marriage, while 43 percent favored its legalization. The other 11 percent had no opinion.

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