Minnesota voters of all stripes agree: 'Let us buy booze on Sundays'

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Minnesotans are sick of having to plan ahead to stock the fridge for Sunday Vikings games.
Minnesota Democrats, Republicans, and independents all agree on one thing -- we should be able to buy booze on Sundays.

A new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows that just about everyone except our elected officials agrees that there is no good reason those of us who fail to plan ahead should have to stay sober on the Lord's Day.

Here are the splits -- Sunday liquor sales are favored by 61 percent of Democrats, with 22 percent opposed. Republicans are in favor by a 46/38 margin. Independents must particularly cherish the right to patronize liquor stores whatever day they damn well please, as they favor Sunday sales by a whopping 68/23 margin. The overall split is almost exactly two-to-one, with 59 percent in favor and 27 percent opposed.

PPP surveyed 973 Minnesota voters from May 31 through June 3. The independent poll's margin of error is 3.1 percent.

A GOP-led drive to legalize Sunday liquor sales failed in the House last March, with some representatives citing the importance of sober "church and family times" as a reason they wouldn't support  the measure. Hey, our elected officials are free to have sober Sundays if they want, but don't tread on us, right?

Unsurprisingly, PPP also found that Mark Dayton continues to enjoy a solid approval rating, while legislative Republicans remain about as popular as the common cold. The poll also found that the same-sex marriage ban "now appears to be in serious danger of failing," with 49 percent of voters opposed to the measure, compared to 43 percent in favor.

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Research
Research

Sure will get more drunk people off the road who decide to go to the bar on a Sunday.  Or maybe that's the point.  Get more dwi enforcement on Sundays to get that money.  

Roe Pressley
Roe Pressley

I wouldn't be so optimistic about the gay marriage ban being "in serious danger of failing." 49 to 43 is not a very big margin. Don't forget Citizens United.

Token B
Token B

I dont understand, this is supposed to prevent ADULTS from drinking on sunday because they need to have 'sober family and church time' lmao! You can still go to THE BAR and drink on sundays...This doesnt make much sense. "Some anti-Sunday-sales legislators cited a desire to keep alcoholic family members sober " I think those same alcoholics will just go to the bar

Asdf
Asdf

There are many reasons the rest of the country uses the phrase "Dumb as a Minnesotan"... this is one of those cases.

Guest
Guest

Great way to focus on moderation, MN. 

The state already spends four billion a year on damages from alcohol use six days a week.  Let's see how much we can increase that by making it more available an extra day.

Nordeastmpls
Nordeastmpls

 So, you're saying people with alcohol problems don't drink on Sunday because of this dumb law? Shh...don't tell them that bars are open.

Mike W.
Mike W.

There is also the issue of Sunday on-sale.  Some cities allow it.  Others don't.  In my little burgh we do not have it, but many of the surrounding towns do.  If we want it, is has to be *voted* in by the people of the community.  Either be open or don't.  Pick one and set the opening time at noon like it is now.  Just my .02.

Joe
Joe

While we're at it, could we please drop the "no buying cars on Sunday" thing too?  Most of us only have two days off per week, and it's ridiculous.

amiller92
amiller92

Absolutely.  That makes even less sense.

galamaria
galamaria

Did anyone catch this article from May 21st?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05...

Connecticut just successfully voted to repeal their "no liquor sales on Sunday" law - and by the looks of things, God hasn't struck their populace down yet....this senseless law offends my powers of reason to no end.

idrivefast
idrivefast

"...with some representatives citing the importance of sober "church and family times" as a reason they wouldn't support  the measure"

So much for separation of Church and State, eh? There is literally no reason why people should not be allowed to purchase alcohol on Sundays. You already can at a bar, why not the liquor store? It's time to put an end to these antiquated blue laws once and for all. 

CinBlueland
CinBlueland

 FYI, I support sales on Sunday.. But I'm really tired of the "Separation of Church and State" lie. Please retake your 8th grade civics class. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;" http://www.usconstitution.net/const.txtI'm not a fundie either, just tired of people getting it wrong and repeating a lie.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

While I couldn't agree with you more, it's funny that most people only pay attention to unjust laws that don't really matter, instead of the FED, unjust wars, state sponsored racism, etc.

amiller92
amiller92

The surprising thing to me is that anyone says they oppose Sunday sales.  Craziness.

Of course, what causes Sunday sales to fail in the legislature is the liquor lobby, who don't want to be open on Sunday.

Granted, that doesn't make much sense to me either as I really don't believe that they wouldn't gain enough in sales volume to pay the extra costs, but they apparently disagree.

Joe
Joe

 Liquor stores don't want to be open because their competitors can't be open.  It's a government mandated day off where you don't have to worry about losing customers to the store down the street.

Wish I had that.

amiller92
amiller92

Sure, but if you are a business owner, you should only like that if you think it's not costing you money.

For that to be the case, you have to believe that you will sell close enough to the same amount in 6 days as you could in 7 (less the costs of being open an extra day).  I just don't see how that can be.

amiller92
amiller92

Your theory is missing a necessary step.  You have to assume that stocking up or getting it the next day results in the same amount of sales.  But why would it?

Surely someone would decide to have an impromptu Sunday gathering to watch the football game and run out to grab some beers, to pick the most obvious scenario.  Or invite a guest over for dinner at the last minute and need a bottle of wine.  Or heck, just drink through their supply on Saturday and want more the next day.

But you're right that I rather doubt many sales are lost across borders.  I'm just not convinced that purchases are always planned and/or carefully limited.

Joe
Joe

 I would bet that less that 1% of liquor store regular customers drive to another state to buy booze on a sunday.  Meaning that most of us stock up ahead of time or get it after the weekend.  IE: the store still gets the sale.  They pretty much DO make the same in 6 days as they would in 7 with the exception of cities that are right on a border.

jmott
jmott

Just because I go grocery shopping on Sunday doesn't mean I eat all my food on Sunday. This law makes no sense. 

Mc1071
Mc1071

I thought GA was the most backwards State!  GA recently approved voter approved sales by County.  Is MN the last State wiothout sunday Sales?

amiller92
amiller92

I don't remember precisely when, but sometime in last 13 years DC went from open Sunday sales to no Sunday sales at liquor stores (with beer and wine still available in groceries).

I suspect there are others too, but I don't know for sure.

Guest4beer
Guest4beer

Just because we can buy it doesn't mean we don't go to church, or that we are getting drunk. It's a dumb old law and it needs to stop. Last time I went across the river it was full of MN plates...lots of revenue lost.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Easily fixed. Tell Dayton to have troopers crack down on bootleggers (transporting booze across state lines is still illegal). After a few dozen Minnesotans have been busted for bootlegging, the hue and cry for Sunday sales will be deafening.

This is how Iowa got liquor by the drink in the '60s. Then Gov. Harold Hughes simply started enforcing the existing laws, and the restaurant and bar owners immediately lobbied the bejeezus out of the legislature to modernize their booze laws.

Dr. J
Dr. J

 I would agree busting the rich kids might change something.

Dr. J
Dr. J

"The best way to repeal bad laws is to enforce them."  

This has not worked for marijuana. 

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Actually, it is. Obama ramping up prosecutions and greenlighting NYC's legalized harassment has  pushed most Americans into the decriminalization camp now. All that's needed to get pot legalized is just one governor who's willing to send the police into suburban schools with trained dogs. Start busting the rich kids and the laws will change overnight.

GOD
GOD

troopers on state borders, sounds like you're a fan of a police state and for that you fail at being an american

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

The best way to repeal bad laws is to enforce them. I'm sick to death of all the laws we have that only get enforced if you were driving while black.

151
151

Transporting liquor across state lines NOT illegal. Thanks for playing.

amiller92
amiller92

It's a felony if you're doing it with resale in mind, and aren't authorized to do so.

But 3 minutes of searching didn't turn up anything else, so I was pretty skeptical about that claim.

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