New poll shows anti-gay marriage amendment battle is tight

A poll released by Public Policy Polling on Friday shows that both sides of the anti-gay marriage amendment are under 50 percent. 48 percent of voters said they support the amendment and 44 percent say they are opposed. The margin of error is 2.8 percent. 8 percent said they weren’t sure, a considerable number given Minnesota quirky ballot measure laws.

The poll, conducted last Saturday and Sunday shows that 58 percent of those older than those age 65 would vote for the measure, 23 percent of Democrats intend to vote for it, as well as 50 percent of independents and 74 percent of Republicans. Minority voters are more likely to vote for the amendment at 51 percent to 48 percent of white voters.

54 percent of voters under age 29 intend to vote against it, compared to 43 percent who intend to vote for it. Women were more likely to vote against the amendment at 49 percent to 41 percent (men support it 56 percent to 39 percent). Democrats oppose the amendment at 70 percent.

While the poll shows that those in support of the amendment appear to have a slight lead, a ballot measure must pass with 50 percent of the voters as those who don’t vote either way on the amendment but otherwise vote for a candidate in 2012 are counted as a “no” vote.


8 percent said they were not sure which way they will vote, and if they remain undecided and skip the question, those votes count as “no.”

While the vote may be close on the amendment, equal rights for same-sex couples is something 3 in 4 Minnesotans support.

37 percent said same-sex couples should be “allowed to legally marry” and 34percent said “gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not marry.” That means 71 percent support some form of equal rights for same-sex couples. Only 27 percent of Minnesotans thought that gay couples should have no relationship rights at all.

As an aside, 62 percent of Minnesota voters disapprove of the Republicans in the Legislature, the elected officials who put the issue on the ballot. Only 23 percent thought the GOP was doing a good job. DFL legislators fared better with 49 percent disapproving and 31 percent approving.

Gov. Mark Dayton has a high approval rating. 53 percent said he was doing a good job with only 34 percent disapproving.


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    My traditional marriage

    THe man in the photograph is holding a sign that reads, "Defend Marriage."

    I am one man who has been married to one woman, my first and only wife, for over 28 years. I am the very picture of a "traditional marriage." My traditional marriage needs no defending against gay people who present no threat to my marriage at all.

    The only thing that truly harms my traditional marriage is when it is used by zealots as an excuse to deprive others of their right to marry. STOP USING MY MARRIAGE TO JUSTIFY YOUR HATRED OF GAY PEOPLE!

    Some form of equal rights

    This statment seems to be an oxymoron, "That means 71 percent support some form of equal rights for same-sex couples.".  Think of the original question in terms of school segregation, "37 percent said minorities should be “allowed to attend the same school as white children and 34 percent said “minotiry children should be allowed to go to school but not white ones.” That means 71 percent support some form of equal rights for minority children. Only 27 percent of Minnesotans thought that minority children should have no schooling rights at all."   It strikes me as odd that we still believe that separate can be equal; "Some form of equal rights" is no form of equal rights.  It's easy, in the abstract, to say that gays should be allowed to form civil unions.  No one knows what a civil union is.