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MPR Poll Results - The same-sex marriage debate

Minnesota Public Radio
September 28, 2006

QUESTION: : Do you support or oppose legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Support
29%
22%
36%
36%
17%
35%
Oppose
54%
59%
49%
42%
70%
51%
Undecided
17%
19%
15%
22%
13%
14%

QUESTION: Do you support or oppose legalizing civil unions, which would give gay and lesbian couples many of the legal protections of marriage?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Support
49%
43%
55%
61%
37%
49%
Oppose
39%
45%
33%
29%
52%
35%
Undecided
12%
12%
12%
10%
11%
16%

QUESTION: Do you support or oppose amending the Minnesota State Constitution so that same-sex marriages, including those performed in other states, could never be legalized or recognized?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Support
40%
41%
39%
30%
52%
38%
Oppose
47%
46%
48%
58%
33%
49%
Undecided
13%
13%
13%
12%
15%
13%


HOW THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED

The Mason-Dixon Minnesota Poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from September 18 through September 20, 2006. A total of 625 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they were likely to vote in the November general election.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

SAMPLE FIGURES:

Region

Men 305 (49%) Women 320 (51%)
Hennepin/Ramsey Counties 210 interviews
Twin Cities Suburbs 150 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 70 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 60 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 65 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 70 interviews