Minnesota Swinging Away From Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Minnesotans are increasingly opposed to writing discrimination into their state’s constitution, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.
49 percent of Minnesotans oppose the anti-same-sex marriage amendment, while only 43 percent support it. That’s a dramatic swing from January, when 48 percent supported the amendment, and 44 percent opposed it.
“Today’s poll shows there is a conversation happening across this state about what marriage means and how this amendment would limit the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples,” said pro-same-sex marriage group Minnesotans United for All Families in a statement. “The more people talk about this, the more likely they are to vote no in November, and this poll demonstrates that more and more Minnesotans are coming to the conclusion that this is not the right thing to do for our state.”
Anti-same-sex marriage activists expressed doubts about the poll.
“This is preposterous,” said Chuck Darrell, director of communications for Minnesota for Marriage, an anti-same-sex marriage group. “Public Policy Polling is a Democratic polling firm that supports same‐sex marriage. The Director has said himself in May that he does not ‘believe polls showing majority support for gay marriage’ because ‘any time there is a vote, it doesn’t back it up.’”
The poll showed a gargantuan generation gap. Voters over 45 favor the amendment by a 50-to-42 margin. But voters under 45 are strongly opposed, with 60 percent opposing the ban, and only 34 percent in support.
A plurality of Minnesotans now supports legalizing same-sex marriage outright. 47 percent support making same-sex unions legal, while only 42 percent are opposed.
The dramatic change in the fortunes of the amendment coincide with President Barack Obama’s statement in favor of same-sex marriage. Additionally, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party voted to oppose the amendment at their state convention, and will campaign against it in the fall.
Minnesota’s amendment laws require an amendment to get a majority of all ballots cast in the election, not just votes on the question itself.
Voter ID Supported, Dayton Popular
Democrats got worse news on a proposed voter ID amendment, with 58 percent supporting a photo ID requirement, while only 34 percent oppose it. Republicans and independents strongly favor the amendment, while Democrats oppose it somewhat less strongly.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a DFLer, has an approval rating of 49 percent, with only 36 percent disapproving of his performance in office. Minnesota’s Republican-controlled legislature fared very poorly, with 21 percent approval and 61 percent disapproval. Amazingly, that’s up sharply from January, when the legislature had only a 12 percent approval rating.
Minnesotans were split on the new Vikings stadium, with 44 percent supporting it, while 41 percent opposed it.
The poll was conducted from May 31 to June 3, and has a margin of error of ±3.1 percent.
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