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Second New Poll Says Marriage Amendment Could Fail

Issue comes before voters in November.

A new set of survey results released Wednesday morning suggests support for a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage rests on a knife's edge. 

The poll, by Public Policy Polling (PPP), said 48 percent of Minnesotans support the amendment and 47 percent oppose it, with less than sixty days to go until the November election.

State law already bans same-sex marriage.

"In January we found 48/44 support for the ban, while in June we found 49/43 opposition," said a statement from the pollsters, published on PPP's website. "It looks like a toss up."

Opinions broke down by age group thus:

Women (52/41), Democrats (78/16), and voters under 45 (50/45) all oppose the ban. Men (55/41), Republicans (80/17), independents (51/42), and seniors (53/40) all support it in greater numbers though.

For their poll, PPP surveyed 824 likely Minnesota voters, on Sept. 10 and 11. The poll's margin of error was given as plus or minus 3.4 percent.

A , said that 50 percent of Minnesotans support the amendment and 43 percent oppose it, with eight percent remaining undecided.

Luke September 25, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Seeing that my "Vote No" sign has been stolen twice now along with every other sign on the block and that MN United organizers have confirmed that such vandalism is very common this year, I don't think we should be pointing fingers. I have no idea of what property damage you're speaking of. Neither campaign is directing the damaging of signs and both condemn it. As for intimidation, I volunteer regularly with MN United. I don't intimidate voters, I remain polite at all times and I help everyone understand the amendment, even if it means they will vote yes. But I have received a death threat over the phone, am often told I will burn in hell and had people attempt to physically intimidate me at the State Fair. Its hard to keep calling after someone tells you their going to come and kill me and my family, but it only gives me another reason to make sure this fails. The side who wants me dead cannot be the right side.
MJ September 25, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Our "Vote No" yard sign was pulled up over night, but they were unsuccessful at actually taking it. Unfortunately, I am not surprised, but it still saddens me that as Americans we cannot express our views without harassment.
Michele Olson September 25, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I am under the impression that removing election signs from lawns is a felony; am I incorrect in this? In removing a sign, the vandal is attempting that individual's right to free expression and betrays a contempt for our Constitution.
Just Curious September 26, 2012 at 01:15 AM
So we all agree that we are free to express our opinions. Free from intimidation tactics .
Jmc October 14, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Debbie I think you have it all wrong I was raised by two catholic parents and was raised to understand that you got married because you were in love and want to spend your lives together! So I also feel everyone has a right to be married and be happy! No one has a right to judge anyone for who they love !

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