Poll: Minnesota marriage measure tied, Bachmann ranked 'unfavorable'

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A poll on a proposed constitutional amendment against gay marriage shows the vote in Minnesota nearly tied, with 48 percent supporting the amendment and 47 percent opposing it.

In January, when Public Policy Polling surveyed voters on the amendment, there was 48 percent support and 44 percent opposition.

Voters will decide the question on Nov. 6 in a state that already prohibits recognition of same-sex marriages.

PPP, in its latest survey, found that 52 percent of women, 78 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of voters under age 45 oppose the amendment.

But 55 percent of men, 80 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 53 percent of seniors support the amendment, which would define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

PPP president Dean Debnam said in a news release, “It looks like Minnesota’s marriage amendment will go down to the wire. Voters in the state are very closely divided in their attitudes about it.”

A proposed amendment requiring voters to have certain identification at the polls seems likely to pass, with support at 56 percent. Democrats oppose the amendment 72 percent to 20 percent and Republicans support it 88 percent to 9 percent. A majority of independents also support the measure.

PPP polled voters on other matters and found:

• Gov. Mark Dayton’s approval rating is at 48 percent.

• 59 percent have an unfavorable opinion of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.

• 48 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Tim Pawlenty.

• 57 percent would oppose firing Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

• 67 percent describe themselves as a Twins fan.