A year before Minnesotans decide on a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in the state, two polls find residents divided on the issue.

According to a statewide poll by St. Cloud State University, more people oppose than support the amendment.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said they do not support amending the state's constitution to define marriage as a heterosexual union, while 44 percent said they favored the amendment. Nine percent refused to answer.

The school's political science department contacted 626 Minnesota residents by phone between October 16 – 27 for the survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Fifty-seven percent of those who said religion was important in their lives favored amending the constitution, while twenty-nine percent who said religion was not important in their lives opposed the amendment.

Meanwhile, the statewide Star Tribune Minnesota Poll of 807 adults conducted between November 2-3 arrived at the opposite conclusion, with a slim majority (48%) in favor of the amendment and 43 percent opposed.

Both surveys are within their margins of error, leaving the state nearly evenly divided on the issue.