The polling firm, Public Policy Polling, is out with a new poll, saying if same-sex marriage were on next year's ballot, "it would probably pass."
The poll says 47 think same-sex marriage should be legalized, 45% think it should be illegal.
Although that's a narrow margin, the rapid movement in public opinion in favor of gay marriage over the last few years suggests that 22 months from now it would probably pass by a broader margin. Whether it's next year or not, the generational breakdown on our numbers makes it clear the direction things are going in- voters under 45 support gay marriage by a 53/38 margin. It's just 36/54 opposition among seniors dragging down its overall support.
When civil unions are introduced into the discussion 75% of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples to only 23% who are completely opposed to it. Even among Republican voters 56% at least support civil unions.
In November, the percentage of people voting against banning same-sex marriage in the Constitution was 51-to-47.5 percent, possibly indicating that about 4% of the people voting against the amendment in November weren't necessarily voting for same-sex marriage to be legalized.
Here's the full poll. There were several other issues in the poll, including a finding that 54 percent Minnesota Republicans think President Obama should be impeached.
"54 percent Minnesota Republicans think President Obama should be impeached."
This is wrong, the poll actually says:
"PPP also found that 28% of Minnesota voters support impeaching President Obama,
while 59% are opposed and 13% are not sure. 54% of Republicans, 32% of independents and 6% of Democrats support the idea of removing Obama from office."
Impeached? On what charge? I don't think the Republicans polled have a working definition of the word "impeach."
According to PPP (via Twitter)
"Whether it's guns or something else, Minnesota Republicans not very happy with Obama- support impeaching him 54/24:"
I wish they would report their "N" data. I hate percentages, let me see the raw numbers.
Polls are saying that it is only a matter of time before same-sex marriage is legal everywhere in the United States, not just in Minnesota.
The oponents read the same polls. That's why the frantic effort to alter the constitution in state after state,
It was working, too. Until November 6th, 2012.
When the history of gay marriage becoming legal in the US is written, I hope they save a line or two for what happened here in Minnesota.