Survey Shows Strong Support for North Carolina's Smokefree Law

(September 27, 2012)

A study released earlier this year makes it clear that there is strong support for North Carolina's statewide smokefree law which prohibits smoking inside restaurants and bars. The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, surveyed 500 likely voters in the 2012 general election and was conducted by telephone. The poll shows that a resounding 83 percent of those surveyed are in favor of the law and of those in favor, 69 percent are STRONGLY in favor. Additionally, there is cross-party line support with 83 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of Independents, and 86 percent of Democrats in favor.

The survey addressed additional questions pertaining to voter support of the smokefree law and the key findings are as follows:

  1. Voters across party lines are strongly in favor.
  2. Close to 90 percent of North Carolina voters believe a smokefree environment is important.
  3. Voters place higher value on the rights of non-smokers than smokers.
  4. A majority (68%) would be less likely to support a candidate who wanted to weaken the law prohibiting indoor smoking.

The findings of this survey are critical in the fight to protect North Carolina's smokefree restaurants and bars law. Despite voter support, several establishment owners have challenged the law under grounds that it is unconstitutional. To date, lawmakers have sided in favor of the law and ultimately, in favor of public health.

To read more and learn about the results of the survey click here.