Support for Minnesota's proposed gay
marriage ban has dropped 5 percent in the last 4 months.
Voters in November will decide on the
amendment which would define marriage as a heterosexual union in the
According to a Public
Policy Polling survey of 973 Minnesotans released on Tuesday,
more voters now oppose passage of the amendment than support it.
Voters who said they support the ban
decreased from 48 percent four months ago to 43 percent today, a 5
percentage point drop, while opposition increased from 44 to 49
Sixty percent of younger voters, those
under 45, oppose the amendment, while 50 percent of voters over 45
support it. A large majority (75%) of voters believe the
relationships of gay couples should be legally recognized with either
marriage (43%) or civil unions (32%).
Pollsters gave President Barack Obama
credit for increasing opposition to such bans.
“The pro-equality side is now winning
on gay marriage ballot initiatives in Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and
Washington,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling.
“The landscape has changed significantly since Barack Obama
announced his support for gay marriage.”