ST. PAUL, Minn. — With less than three weeks from Election Day, the battle over Minnesota’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is too close to call.
A new poll released Wednesday by KSTP-TV and SurveyUSA shows that only 47 percent of Minnesotans surveyed support the constitutional amendment to define marriage as only the union of one man and one woman.
Constitutional amendments in Minnesota must surpass 50 percent of all ballots cast to be approved.
According to the latest poll, 46 percent oppose the idea and 7 percent are undecided. The margin of sampling error in the poll is +-4.3 percent. Just last month our survey showed 50 percent voting “yes” and 43 percent voting “no.”
Despite losing ground, supporters of the marriage amendment are encouraged that they’re still in the lead. “We’re thrilled that we’re maintaining a lead in the polls,” says Autumn Leva of Minnesota for Marriage. “It also shows that we have a lot of work to do to make sure our grassroots supporters get out there to vote yes.” Leva also points out that in other states the number of people supporting a marriage amendment is almost always higher on Election Day than in pre-election polls.
Supported 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.