KSTP/SurveyUSA: Dramatic Shift On Gay Marriage Issue

Posted at: 04/26/2013 6:05 PM
Updated at: 04/26/2013 10:27 PM
By: Tom Hauser

Votes to legalize gay marriage are likely to happen in the Minnesota House and Senate next month.  With those votes looming, our latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll shows for the first time a majority of Minnesotans favor changing the law that bans same-sex marriage.  

In our poll, we asked 500 Minnesotans across the state if "the Minnesota state law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"  

The poll indicates that 51% of Minnesotans favor the idea while 47% are opposed to changing the law. Only two percent aren't sure.  Just over two months ago, in early February, only 42% of Minnesotans favored changing the law and 54% were opposed.  

Despite those poll numbers, the legislative votes are expected to be very close.  

Democrats control the House and Senate, but many of their members represent socially conservative districts where voters favored a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage last fall.