SurveyUSA poll points to first time majority of Minnesotans support marriage equality

by May 14, 2012

In a poll released by SurveyUSA and KSTP on Monday, 52 percent of Minnesotans said they agreed with President Obama’s position that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. 42 percent said they disagreed with the president and 6 percent were not sure. It marks the first time a survey has indicated a majority of support for same-sex unions in Minnesota.

Young people overwhelmingly supported Obama’s position: 68 percent to 28 percent of those under 35 agreed with Obama. 69 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of independents agreed with Obama. Geographically, only the Northeastern part of the state had less than a majority in support of Obama and same-sex marriage. But it still led the opposition at 48 percent to 46 percent.

Minnesotans United for All Families released a statement that said, “This new poll clearly illustrates that the momentum to defeat this amendment in Minnesota grows stronger each day, as more and more Minnesotans realize that this amendment would tell future generations that we refuse to let them participate in the conversation about who should have the freedom to marry. With just under six months to go until Election Day in Minnesota, 52% of registered voters are in agreement that committed, loving same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry. This amendment represents a direct attack on freedom and on thousands of families in Minnesota, and it must be defeated.”

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