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New Poll Shows Continued Support For Voter ID

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 6:00 am

A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll shows that Minnesotans tend to favor a constitutional change that would require voters to show government-issued photo IDs before casting ballots, but support for the idea has fallen over the past year.

Slightly more than half of likely voters polled – 52 percent – support the photo ID amendment while 44 percent oppose it and 4 percent are undecided.

The newspaper reports that support for a photo ID requirement is way down from the 80 percent support in a May 2011 Minnesota Poll, when the issue was debated as a change in state law rather than as a constitutional amendment.

The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. It surveyed 800 likely voters between Sept. 17 and 19.

The voter ID amendment is one of two controversial amendments that will be on November’s ballot. The other would redefine marriage in the state of Minnesota as being between a man and a woman.

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