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Poll: Marriage amendment support wanes as independents join opposition

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New poll numbers from Public Policy Polling show Minnesota's proposed amendment to ban gay marriage is losing traction with voters, with 46 percent of voters planning to support it and 49 percent opposed.

The shift represents a 4-point shift from a poll last month showing the measure had a slim margin of support with 48 percent supporting and 47 percent opposed.

Independent voters have been credited with the movement. In September, 51 percent were supportive of the plan to define marriage as solely between a man and a women within the state Constitution while 42 percent opposed the effort.

The new numbers show that women are stronger in their opposition than men, but most of the margin against the amendment comes from younger voters.

In general, 47 percent of the state's voters say they support gay marriage and 74 percent of voters -- including 52 percent of Republicans, support some form of legal recognition for gay couples.

The voter ID amendment is also losing ground in the state. In September, the measure enjoyed a 56 to 39 advantage. Now, only 51 percent of voters support the measure and 43 percent are opposed.

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