by Steven Ertelt
November 7, 2006
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Opponents of Amendment 2, a measure that would have the state of Missouri promoting human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, were gaining in last poll released on Monday night. They may wind up defeating the proposal or narrowly come close to doing so.
The last SurveyUSA poll on the amendment, which included interviews ending Monday night, had 49 percent of state voters favoring the human cloning measure and 42 percent saying they would vote against it.
A whopping 10 percent of voters were still undecided — a large number for the final day of the campaign and typically an indicator that a large number of voters will swing against a state ballot measure.
What pleases pro-life advocates is that the survey showed a measurable momentum change that could lead to Amendment 2’s defeat tonight.
The Survey USA poll the firm conducted from Friday through Sunday showed Amendment 2 ahead by a 51-40 percentage margin with 10 percent undecided.
On Saturday voters embraced Amendment 2 by a 52-38 percentage margin. That lowered to a 49-41 percent split on Sunday and by Monday the Survey USA poll found voters split 46-45 in favor of it, well within the margin of error.
The question remains whether the momentum will be enough to defeat the amendment today.
Sam lee of the pro-life group Campaign Life Missouri told LifeNews.com that the polls are "certainly trending our direction with a consistently high number of undecideds remaining."
Survey USA also acknowledge the changing trend on Amendment 2.
"It is important to study the day-to-day movement in this poll. This remains, at the last hour, every bit the volatile race it has been throughout," the firm said in a statement accompanying the new poll. "Turnout will be key for both candidates."
The latest poll found men favoring Amendment 2 by a 48-45 percentage margin and women backing it 49-39 percent.
Black voters were more supportive while white voters were evenly divided, and Democrats back the measure while Republicans oppose it.