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Poll: Dayton, thumbs up; legislators, thumbs down; gay marriage, split

Gov. Mark Dayton gets a 51 percent approval rating while voters disapprove of how state legislators are doing, although they think DFL legislators are doing a bit better than Republicans.

Those are some results of a Public Policy Polling survey done in Minnesota after the Legislature adjourned without resolving the state budget crisis.

The poll also shows Minnesotans split on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Poll information from the North Carolina firm:

PPP surveyed 1,179 Minnesota voters from May 27th to 30th. The margin of error for the survey is +/-2.9%. This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews. PPP is a Democratic polling company, but polling expert Nate Silver of the New York Times found that its surveys in 2010 actually exhibited a slight bias toward Republican candidates.

Some of the results:

Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Mark Dayton’s job performance?

  • Approve 51%
  • Disapprove 38%
  • Not sure 10%

If you could do last fall’s election for Governor over again, would you vote for Democrat Mark Dayton, Republican Tom Emmer, or independent Tom Horner?

  • Mark Dayton 48%
  • Tom Emmer 36%
  • Tom Horner 13%
  • Not sure 3%

(Actual results last November: Dayton 43.6%; Emmer 43.2%; Horner 11.9%.)

Do you approve or disapprove of the job the DFL members of the legislature are doing?

  • Approve 39%
  • Disapprove 45%
  • Not sure 16%

Do you approve or disapprove of the job the Republican members of the legislature are doing?

  • Approve 29%
  • Disapprove 58%
  • Not sure 13%

Should the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?

  • Yes 46%
  • No 47%
  • Not sure 7%

If there was an election for the legislature today, do you think you would vote for the DFL or Republican candidate from your district?

  • DFL candidate 49%
  • Republican candidate 40%
  • Not sure 11%

Would you support a tax increase on the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans to help balance the state budget, or do you think the budget should be balanced through cuts only?

  • Would support a tax increase on the wealthiest 2% of Minnesotans 63%
  • Budget should be balanced through cuts only 32%
  • Not sure 4%.

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Comments (1)

Well there you have it. Don't look for the MSM to
report it, however.