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Minnesota voters of all stripes agree: 'Let us buy booze on Sundays'

Minnesota Democrats, Republicans, and independents all agree on one thing -- we should be able to buy booze on Sundays.

A new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows that just about everyone except our elected officials agrees that there is no good reason those of us who fail to plan ahead should have to stay sober on the Lord's Day.

Here are the splits -- Sunday liquor sales are favored by 61 percent of Democrats, with 22 percent opposed. Republicans are in favor by a 46/38 margin. Independents must particularly cherish the right to patronize liquor stores whatever day they damn well please, as they favor Sunday sales by a whopping 68/23 margin. The overall split is almost exactly two-to-one, with 59 percent in favor and 27 percent opposed.

PPP surveyed 973 Minnesota voters from May 31 through June 3. The independent poll's margin of error is 3.1 percent.

A GOP-led drive to legalize Sunday liquor sales failed in the House last March, with some representatives citing the importance of sober "church and family times" as a reason they wouldn't support  the measure. Hey, our elected officials are free to have sober Sundays if they want, but don't tread on us, right?

Unsurprisingly, PPP also found that Mark Dayton continues to enjoy a solid approval rating, while legislative Republicans remain about as popular as the common cold. The poll also found that the same-sex marriage ban "now appears to be in serious danger of failing," with 49 percent of voters opposed to the measure, compared to 43 percent in favor.

Related coverage:
-- House shoots down Sunday liquor sales, Twittersphere groans
-- Mark Dayton very popular, MNGOP-controlled legislature about as popular as kick in the pants
-- Support growing for gay marriage in Minnesota, new polling suggests


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