A recent poll by the University of North Dakota’s College of Business and Public Administration, conducted in partnership with Forum Communications Co., shows that half of North Dakota's voters oppose same sex marriage. The bulk of all opponents -- 42% percent of voters -- clarify that they strongly oppose the institution.

This means that supporters of the legalization of marriage between same-sex couples in the state will likely need to fight their battles in court, since it is unlikely voters will do so come election day.

The good news for supporters is that these numbers are down from where they stood just ten years ago. According to UCLA legal think tank the Williams Institute, in 2004 it was estimated that just 23% of the state's voters supported same-sex marriage. The poll shows that 37% now support it.

Inforum.com reports:

Pollsters noted the strong generational difference, with a majority of voters 30 years old and younger supporting legalization, while all other age groups opposing (sic) it, with opposition growing with age. Women were less opposed to legalization compared to men. 

A total of 505 North Dakota voters participated in the poll, which has a margin of error of 5%.