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Latest poll: Majority of Minnesota voters oppose marriage amendment

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The proposed Minnesota marriage amendment, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman, does not appear to have the support of a majority of voters, according to the final pre-election day poll by Public Policy Polling.

According to PPP, only 45 percent of voters say they’ll vote in favor of the proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, compared to 52 percent who are opposed.

Public opinion has shifted against the measures in the last month, reported PPP. In early October, only 46 of voters were against the marriage ban.

The marriage amendment is trailing because of a massive generational divide. Seniors support it by a 57/40 margin but every other age group opposes it, including a 36/62 margin against it among voters under 30. Republicans support it (79%) and Democrats oppose it (76%) in almost equal numbers, but independents tip the balance by opposing it 41/55.

Constitutional amendments in Minnesota must surpass 50 percent of all ballots cast to be approved.

Supporters of the amendment want to prevent existing state law that prohibits same-sex marriage from being declared unconstitutional by the courts, or being undone by state legislators.

The PPP poll, conducted through automated telephone interviews, surveyed 1,164 likely voters on November 2nd and 3rd.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. i <3 my state :D

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 12:28pm
  2. Yaay :) Now I’m actually PROUD to Live in Minnesota!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 12:32pm
  3. Cause they are close minded and only think about themselves!! I pray for the LGBT in Minnesota!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 12:35pm
  4. Everyone wants to be happy and everyone deserves that!! Let us Marry Who We Love! Quote by Obama!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 12:44pm
  5. His could anyone be proud of discriminating against a certain group? Be ashamed, not proud. People you know, love or are in your family are gay. Get over that and support them. You are failures for disparaging a group if people.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 12:45pm
  6. Minnesota’s just a racist lame state!. Period!.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 12:51pm
  7. this is saying the people of that state ARE for equality and against an amendment stating marraige is between one man one woman..Atleaste thats what I got from the post

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:05pm
  8. MN is in the Dark Ages. LGBT people should all move away, and save your talents for communities that care. It’s Bachman country.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:15pm
  9. Maybe we should take away the right for same sex relationships to get married.. Then they would feel like we do.. We ain’t hurting anyone being who we are.. All I half to say is duck everyone who is agenst same sex marrige .. They just jealous just sayin!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:18pm
  10. F*ck

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:18pm
  11. lets hope all those people vote.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:26pm
  12. Marcus Bachmann must not be pleased: yeah!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:36pm
  13. People voting to take away other people’s rights, that’s selfish, cold hearted and a bunch of crap. My advice to same sex couples would be, if your in love and you wonna get married, do it anyways, no one can stop you not even strangers. Love is Love and I love each and every one of you. Don’t give up, stand your ground, your never alone. LOVE is LOVE, I LOVE LGBT. <3 <3 <3

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:47pm
  14. When I vote, I’m voting for Equality and the LGBT. <3 u all.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 1:48pm
  15. Its always been ridiculous that any one can or should be in the position of granting rights to anyone else, but it is a sad reality…we are all Americans. Peiood. End of story.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:03pm
  16. Why are people even allowed to vote on these things. It’s UNCONSTITUTIONAL no matter which stance you take on it. If 600 million white people suddenly came up with an amendment prohibiting 300 million black people from voting it would clearly be a case of discrimination and be unconstitutional. Gay Marriage is exactly the same. You can’t make legislation that takes away RIGHTS from a minority. That is NOT a democracy… it’s TOTALTARIANISM.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:04pm
  17. I think some people are confused. The question on the ballot is, “Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?” We WANT people to vote no! This is excellent news!

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:24pm
  18. Thanks Sara. Yes, some of us from out of Minn. are confused. Vote FOR equality. It helps us all.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 3:07pm
  19. Polls aren’t always right get out and vote anyway.

    Posted on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 3:53pm