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SCSU Survey results

Monday, October 29, 2012

Minnesota's leading academic poll finds more Minnesotans favor President Obama's re-election, favor the voter I.D. constitutional amendment, oppose the marriage amendment and favor the re-election of Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

SCSU Survey findings are based on 600 randomly generated cell and land-line telephone interviews with adults, conducted Oct. 15-21 at the St. Cloud State University Survey Lab.  

SCSU Survey found President Barack Obama enjoys a 13-point lead among Minnesotans. That margin narrows to 8 points among likely voters.  

On the proposed state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one woman and one man:

  • 47 percent of respondents said the constitution should not be amended
  • 44 percent said it should be amended
  • 9 percent either refused to answer or said they were not sure

About 52 percent of respondents said they will vote for the proposed constitutional amendment that would require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote. About 36 percent said they would vote no. About 12 percent either said they would not vote or were not sure how they would vote. 

In the U.S. Senate race, SCSU Survey respondents gave Klobuchar, the incumbent Democrat, a 34-point advantage over Republican nominee Kurt Bills. Among likely voters 63 percent said they'd vote for Klobuchar while 36 percent said they'd vote for Bills. About one percent said they'd vote for a different person.

Since 1980, SCSU Survey has sampled Minnesota public opinion under the direction of student directors and faculty directors, including founder Stephen Frank, professor of political science. Directors and student callers subscribe to the ethics of the American Association of Public Opinion Research

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