A new poll released Tuesday found a
slight decline in support for gay marriage among Minnesotans.
Lawmakers approved and Governor Mark
Dayton signed a bill legalizing such unions nearly a year ago and the
first gay couples tied the knot on August 1.
A KSTP/SurveyUSA poll published last
April showed majority (51%) support for allowing gay couples to
marry, with 47 percent opposed.
According to the latest poll, support
has dropped 4 points to 47 percent. Opposition fell from 47 to 45
“This issue has not gone away,”
Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute told
KSTP. “Voters may have a verdict to make come November.”
Pollsters recorded slight decreases in
support among Democrats (down 1% from 66%), Republicans (down 2% from
27%) and independents (down 6% from 53%).
Democratic Senator Scott Dibble, who
authored and championed the bill in the Senate, said he doubted the
issue would have an impact in November.
“I think the only people who are
going to be worried about this on Election Day would never have voted
for people who supported this measure in the first place,” Dibble