New SurveyUSA/KSTP Poll Shows Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment Maintains Impressive Lead Among Likely Voters
Measure Leads Among Republican and Independent Voters And Attracts Large Percentage of Democratic Voters
Minneapolis – A new SurveyUSA/KSTP poll shows that the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment maintains an impressive 15% lead among likely voters. The survey found that 52% of voters would vote for the amendment while 37% would vote against it, 5% would not vote and 6% were not sure.
“This new SurveyUSA/KSTP poll shows consistent, solid support for protecting marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” said John Helmberger, Chairman of Minnesota for Marriage. “This shows what we’ve always believed – our opponents have the cultural elite, wealthy contributors and editorial writers, but we have voters on our side. We are particularly pleased with the lead the amendment enjoys among Independent voters and the large percentage of Democratic voters who support the amendment.”
The amendment attracted 38% of Democratic voters (54% are opposed) while maintaining overwhelming support from Republicans who support the amendment by a75% to 12% margin. Independent voters supported the measure by a 48% to 42% margin.
“While we are very encouraged that our hard work over the past year to explain the amendment to Minnesotans has resulted in a 15 point lead, we have a lot of work to do. We look forward to continuing to work with Minnesotans all the way to the November election and making Minnesota the 32nd state to pass a marriage protection amendment,” he said.
Helmberger also cautioned amendment supporters not to pay too much attention to public polls, which can often under-represent support for traditional marriage. “We urge all our tens of thousands of volunteers to continue to work hard to pass the amendment no matter what the polls say. Our campaign advisers remind us that many of the public polls do not always accurately measure public support for traditional marriage and we must work hard no matter if the polls show us leading or trailing,” he said.
Voters in 31 other states have adopted constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. No state has defeated a constitutional amendment that simply affirms the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, like the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment does.
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