Study says support for gay marriage in MN (43 percent) weaker than Iowa, SoDak, or Wisconsin [GRAPHIC]

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Image by Tatiana Craine -- map from the UCLA study
A new study breaks down support for gay marriage on a state-by-state level.
As a marriage equality bill awaits a vote on the floor of the House and Senate, a new study from the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law concludes that support for gay marriage in Minnesota is weaker than you might think.

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The study, which aggregates polling conducted in 2011 and '12, finds that 43 percent of Minnesotans support gay marriage. That's lower than the proportion of Iowans (45 percent), Wisconsinites (47 percent), and perhaps most surprisingly, South Dakotans (45 percent) who support gay marriage, according to the study.

As you'd expect, Minnesota for Marriage quickly seized upon the study as evidence legislators don't have a mandate to legalize same-sex marriage.

"This is another concrete example that Minnesotans don't support gay marriage," said Minnesota for Marriage spokeswoman Autumn Leva in a statement. "In fact, it runs contrary to the erroneous assertion that public opinion on gay marriage is radically changing."

Of course, as last November's vote on the marriage amendment indicated, attitudes about marriage equality are quickly changing. So even though some of the polling the UCLA study draws from was conducted just a handful of months ago, it doesn't necessarily indicate that a majority of Minnesotans oppose same-sex marriage today.

-- h/t: MPR --

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jinxmchue
jinxmchue

The amendment result is largely due to huge turnout for it in Minneapolis, where the anti-amendment forces concentrated their efforts.  Outside of Minneapolis, support for gay marriage is low.

dave548
dave548

Just demonstrates that civil rights for minorities don't get passed by popular votes. Minorities always lose.

goldsel69
goldsel69

Im sure if real poll was done the support would be less than 10% - probably more like 5%. Gay men spend alot of time polling each other LOL !

webcelt
webcelt

If some of the polling was from just months ago, how old is the rest of it? Of course, even if it's accurate, it still begs the question of why the rights of  minority have to wait upon the approval of a majority that doesn't like them.

Nikki Hecht
Nikki Hecht

Doesn't Iowa already have gay marriage?

ludwitr
ludwitr

Where and how did they collect this data?  What was the population polled, and in what way did they participate?

green23
green23

Just because you are an "Institute" affiliated with a university, that does not make you a good pollster. 

Actual, professional pollsters with a real track record show results much more favourable to SSM.

Jake Benecasa
Jake Benecasa

That's actually not that surprising. If you look at the Twin Cities, that is where the majority of supporters reside. In the outer edges of MN, you have a lot of rural/small towns, most likely filled with mildly/extremely conservative people who aren't as supportive. BUT because their population is minuscule compared to the Twin Cities, the elections always pull MN to the democratic side. I'm not saying that's a good thing or bad thing, just that that's most likely how it works. I personally don't give a damn what people do in their private lives. I just wanna be left alone lol.

atrupar
atrupar moderator

@ludwitr You can check out the methodology for yourself if you follow the link to the study and scroll to the "Methodology" section at the bottom.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Rob Johnson Um...  no.

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