MISSISSIPPI, November 8, 2011 ( – Today Mississippi voters are facing the decision about whether to recognize the child in the womb as a “person” by voting on Amendment 26, the state’s personhood amendment.

A poll released by Public Policy Polling (PPP) yesterday shows that 45% of voters support the amendment while 44% oppose it. Eleven percent of voters were undecided. 

PPP surveyed 796 likely voters from November 4th to 6th asking them, “If the election was today, would you vote yes or no on Initiative 26 that would define the term ‘person’ to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?

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PPP states that the margin of error in the survey is +/- 3.5%. The poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization and the survey was conducted through automated telephone interviews.

“Things can definitely go either way,” said PPP’s director Tom Jensen to the Washington Post. “The stakes here are huge. This is really the most interesting thing on the ballot […] anywhere in the country.”

Les Riley, a father of 10 who initiated the pro-life effort to put the amendment on today’s ballot said that Personhood Mississippi has taken an “incremental approach.”

“We’re just going to the heart of the matter, which is: Is this a person or not? God says it is, and science has confirmed it.”