A SurveyUSA poll commissioned by KSTP found that 51 percent of Minnesotans support marriage equality while 47 percent are opposed. The poll was conducted from April 19 to 21.

That result is a dramatic shift from a SurveyUSA poll in February that found only 42 percent of Minnesotans supported marriage equality and 54 percent were opposed.

The poll found that 69 percent of those under 34 favored changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry while only 40 percent of those over 65 supported gay marriage.

The southern part of the state favored gay marriage the most at 56 percent, followed by the Twin Cities metro at 54 percent, and then the northeastern part of the state at 52 percent. Western Minnesota only registered 37 percent support for marriage equality. Those who had more money and more education were more likely to support marriage equality. People who answered the poll on a cell phone were also more likely to support gay marriage.

The poll is similar to one conducted in January by Public Policy polling which found that 47 percent of Minnesotans backed marriage equality and 45 were against. Much like the February poll by SurveyUSA, a Star Tribune poll found that only 38 percent of Minnesotans supported legalizing same-sex marriage and 53 were against it.

It’s safe to say the polling on this issue is very volatile.

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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