Poll: Minnesota Split Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Voters in Minnesota are sharply divided over a proposed constitutional amendment that would recognize marriage between a man and a woman as the only valid union in the state, according to a new poll released Wednesday. 

The latest release from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that 48 percent of likely voters support the proposed same-sex marriage ban, which was adopted by the Republican-controlled legislature last year, while 47 percent are opposed.  In June, PPP found that 49 percent of Minnesota voters opposed the ban, compared with 43 percent who supported the amendment.  

Minnesota is one of four states that will vote on same-sex marriage in November, with the issue also appearing on the ballot in Washington, Maryland and Maine this year.  

The current PollTracker Average is comparable to the findings of Wednesday’s poll, with 48.7 percent supporting the amendment and 45.7 percent opposed.



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