KSTP/SurveyUSA: Gay Marriage Still Divides Minnesotans

Updated: 04/15/2014 6:22 PM
Created: 04/14/2014 6:34 PM
By: Tom Hauser

Governor Dayton signed the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota nearly a year ago and it became legal seven months ago. 

However, Minnesotans are still almost evenly split on whether they approve of the law.  According to our latest KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, 47 percent of those surveyed approve of the law, 45 percent disapprove and just 7 percent are not sure.

"This issue has not gone away," says Larry Jacobs of the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute. "Voters may have a verdict to make come November." 

Jacobs points out that while 65 percent of Democrats support the law, a significant minority of 27 percent disapprove of it. When you combine that with an almost even split among independents (47 percent in favor to 44 percent against), it could have an impact on some close races. Republicans oppose the law by a margin of 70 percent to 25 percent.

Sen. Scott Dibble, a DFLer from Minneapolis, was an author of the bill. He's not concerned about a negative impact on Election Day. "I think the only people who are going to be worried about this on Election Day would never have voted for people who supported this measure in the first place," Dibble told KSTP in an interview at the State Capitol.

However, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Family Council says it will be an issue. "This will absolutely be an issue politically for public officials who supported redefining marriage in 2013," Autumn Leva said. 

She says the council will continue reminding voters which candidates supported legalizing gay marriage.

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