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Poll: Support for marriage, voter ID amendments wanes

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Just under than two months away from Election Day, a new poll shows support is slipping or two constitutional amendments appearing on the ballot.

Though there hasn't been a dramatic shift in strategy on either side of the gay marriage and voter ID amendments, voters can expect to see a lot more TV commercials in the weeks ahead now that a Public Policy Polling survey found voter support is waning.

On Monday and Tuesday, pollsters asked more than 800 likely voters if they would support the constitutional referendum to define marriage as solely between one man and one woman. The resulting response was a virtual tie, with 48 percent saying they would support it and 47 percent saying no.

Support for that measure hasn't changed much since January, but those opposed continue to close the gap. For now, the two sides seem locked in a statistical dead heat as both groups hope undecided voters will tip the scales in their favor.

"About six percent of Minnesotans out there still haven't made up their mind," said "Vote No" Campaign Manager Richard Carlbom. "Our focus is to make sure we spark as many conversations in the next 55 days with those six percent of Minnesotans so they can understand what's at stake here."

Support for the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is still strong among Republicans and seniors.

"It's our job -- as we've been doing since about 15 months ago -- to get the message out about what it means to vote 'yes,'" said Autumn Leva, of Minnesota for Marriage. "It means you're just simply taking the definition of marriage that we have and putting it in the Constitution."

Interestingly, the poll showed more independents said they would vote in favor of the amendment; however, the state Independence Party told FOX 9 News their members overwhelmingly oppose the effort because it's not the government's role to define marriage.

As for the voter ID amendment, support has slipped from a 24-point lead to a 17-point advantage. It's still a comfortable margin, but those looking to encourage people to vote against the effort say they've only been campaigning for a fraction of the time that supporters have so far.

"We'll continue to do that," vowed Luchelle Stevens. "We'll continue to talk to Democrats, we'll continue to talk to independents, and we'll continue to talk to the Republicans that we can get on our side."

The Public Policy Polling results also showed that a majority of independent voters support voter ID despite the official party position opposing the plan.

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