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TAKING A PULSE: The Minnesota House of Representatives State Fair Poll is an unscientific survey covering topics that have been discussed in prior legislative sessions and that may again be issues in 2020.

Minnesota fairgoers support criminal background checks

This year’s House of Representatives State Fair Poll drew over 11,000 participants.

The majority of respondents who took the 2019 House of Representatives State Fair Poll support criminal background checks on all gun sales, the legalization of marijuana for recreational use and a seven-county metro tax that would support transportation improvements.

The House poll found that 89% of respondents favored background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions and sales made at gun shows.

A majority of polltakers also said they were in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana for people age 21 or older. Results show 56% of respondents answered yes, while 33.8% registered opposition.

Conducted by the nonpartisan House Public Information Services Office, the poll is an informal, unscientific survey of issues discussed in prior legislative sessions and that may again be topics of discussion in 2020. The survey is open to fairgoers every year who stop by the House booth in the Education Building and take it. The Senate also conducts an annual poll.

The House survey — a total of 12 questions — was taken by a total of 11,239 fairgoers.

Here are the full survey results for each question asked:

Question 1. Should Minnesota residents be required to provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the country to obtain a state driver’s license or identification card?

  • Yes — 42.6% (4,738)
  • No — 50.4% (5,607)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 7% (774)

Question 2. School districts are prohibited by state statute from beginning classes before Labor Day. Should that prohibition be repealed?

  • Yes — 41% (4,547)
  • No — 42.4% (4,699)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 16.7% (1,847)

Question 3. Should criminal background checks be required on all gun sales, including private transactions and at gun shows?

  • Yes — 89% (9,914)
  • No — 9% (998)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 2% (219)

Question 4. Should the state provide a tax credit for donations that fund scholarships to private K-12 schools?

  • Yes — 36% (3,974)
  • No — 52.3% (5,763)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 11.7% (1,292)

Question 5. Should high school students be required to take a class in personal finance, even if it means they have to give up another elective or postsecondary enrollment course option?

  • Yes — 70.1% (7,781)
  • No — 18.9% (2,101)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 11% (1,211)

Question 6. Should the state ban abortions for women who are more than 20 weeks into their pregnancy?

  • Yes — 29.9 % (3,316)
  • No — 61.7% (6,847)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 8.4% (932)

Question 7. Should Minnesota allow the recreational use of marijuana for those age 21 and over?

  • Yes — 56.3% (6,272)
  • No — 33.8% (3,761)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 9.9% (1,102)

Question 8. Would you support a quarter-cent sales tax increase in the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area to fund transit improvements and expansions?

  • Yes — 65.5% (7,264)
  • No — 26.8% (2,972)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 7.8% (862)

Question 9. Should the state create an insurance program to provide workers with up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, to be funded by a new tax on employers and employees?

  • Yes — 53.3% (5,899)
  • No — 31.7% (3,504)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 15.1% (1,666)

Question 10. A person convicted of a felony is not eligible to vote while serving any part of their sentence, including time in a correctional facility and while on probation, parole or other supervised release. Should the law be changed so a person convicted of a felony regains their right to vote immediately upon release from a correctional facility?

  • Yes — 60.3% (6,699)
  • No — 32.5% (3,607)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 7.3% (807)

Question 11. Should Minnesota ban “conversion therapy” for vulnerable adults and those under the age of 18 by prohibiting mental health practitioners or professionals from seeking to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity?

  • Yes — 74.4% (8,200)
  • No — 16.7% (1,844)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 8.9% (979)

Question 12. Should elementary school students be required to learn cursive writing?

  • Yes — 55.1% (6,135)
  • No — 28.7% (3,194)
  • Undecided/No opinion — 16.2% (1,798)
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