-Minnesota voters are leaning toward legalizing gay marriage if they get the chance to vote on it next year. 47% think it should legal to 45% who believe it should be illegal. Although that's a narrow margin, the rapid movement in public opinion in favor of gay marriage over the last few years suggests that 22 months from now it would probably pass by a broader margin. Whether it's next year or not, the generational breakdown on our numbers makes it clear the direction things are going in- voters under 45 support gay marriage by a 53/38 margin. It's just 36/54 opposition among seniors dragging down its overall support.
When civil unions are introduced into the discussion 75% of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples to only 23% who are completely opposed to it. Even among Republican voters 56% at least support civil unions.
-Minnesota voters are pretty strong in their support for an assault weapons ban- 54% support it to only 37% who are opposed. There is near universal support for it among Democrats, and it also meets with favor from 22% of Republicans and has 49/42 support from independents.
More broadly voters say that they trust Obama over the NRA on gun issues by a 47/43 margin, and that they support Obama's executive order last week on guns by a 46/40 spread. Whether it's because of the guns issue or something else though Republicans are very mad at Obama- they support impeaching him by a 54/24 margin.
-Amy Klobuchar is one of the most popular Senators in the country. 65% of voters approve of her to only 25% who disapprove, and among Democrats it's a 90/4 spread. That makes it yet another testament to the desire of Democrats for Hillary Clinton to be their candidate in 2016 that even with Klobuchar in the mix, 59% of Minnesota Democrats want Clinton to be the next nominee with Biden at 14% and Klobuchar at 11%.
Clinton and Klobuchar would both be general election favorites in the state. Clinton would lead Chris Christie 44/38 and Marco Rubio 50/37 in the state, while Klobuchar would have advantages of 42/39 and 48/36 over those two leading Republicans.
-In a sign of how far Lance Armstrong's popularity has fallen, only 11% of voters now rate him favorably to 65% with an unfavorable opinion.
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