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KSTP: Public rejects third Pawlenty term

By a 57 percent to 41 percent margin, 500 surveyed adults said Gov. Pawlenty should not run again, at least for Minnesota’s top job.
By David Brauer

KSTP’s Tom Hauser said his station ran this story last night — but strangely, I didn’t see it posted on their website. So here’s the skinny:

By a 57 percent to 41 percent margin, 500 surveyed adults said Gov. Pawlenty should not run for a third term. Amazingly, only 2 percent had no opinion, and there’s a 4.4 percent margin of sampling error.

It will be interesting to see if the numbers shift after the governor’s declaration today that he will unilaterally unallot spending if the legislature doesn’t agree to his borrowing plans.

Of course, we’re 19 months away from election day, at the height of a budget impasse, during a recession. And Pawlenty isn’t matched up against a real-life opponent (or more likely, opponents), which could dramatically change the odds.

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In any event, the full crosstabs for the 12-question KSTP poll are, finally, here.

[Update: MnPublius notes something as significant — 64 percent favor some government recognition of same-sex couples, either civil unions or marriage.]