The more interesting findings on our final Minnesota poll deal with the state's high
profile amendments to ban gay marriage and require voter identification. We find both
narrowly trailing. 45% of voters say they'll vote for the gay marriage ban, compared to
52% who are opposed to it. And 46% say they'll support the voter ID amendment to 51%
who are opposed.
The marriage amendment is trailing because of a massive generational divide. Seniors
support it by a 57/40 margin but every other age group opposes it, including a 36/62
margin against it among voters under 30. Republicans support it (79%) and Democrats
oppose it (76%) in almost equal numbers, but independents tip the balance by opposing it
An interesting aspect of this latest poll is that the voter-id measure had long been though to pass but is now solidly behind. Perhaps some of this is the electorate turning against both high-profile ballot measures, which were put there by extremely conservative forces in the state.
This is good news to be sure, but it is astonishing that nearly $16 million dollars have been spent on a measure which if defeated would not change the fact that same-sex couples will still not be able to get married in Minnesota. (Enacting the measure would prevent courts from enacting same-sex marriage and would insure that in order for marriage equality to occur it would have to happen through federal courts or a future repeal of the state constitutional amendment if it were to pass.) The pro-equality side has raised $11 million dollars, with the anti-equality side reporting $5.1 million, a nearly 2-to-1 ratio for the "good guys" but still the measure is very very close. If Minnesota were to defeat the anti-gay constitutional amendment it would be historic, since 32 states have previously enacted anti-gay ballot measures since 1998.
Hat/tip to Joe.My.God