WASHINGTON — Public Policy Polling will drop former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty from some of its state-wide general election polls because of his weak polling numbers nationally.
PPP, a Democratic-leaning group that has been called one of the most accurate polling agencies, tweeted yesterday: “Rick Perry debuts in our national polling at 12%. Will replace Pawlenty in our state level general election polls because T-Paw is now 8th … We are only dropping Pawlenty from our general election polling at the state level, he’ll still be in the primary polling.”
The Daily Caller asked the group’s director, Tom Jensen, to expand.
Pawlenty is “only being dropped from our general election polling at the state level [from] the people we test against Obama. That’s limited to the top 5 in our national polling. He’ll still be in the Republican primary polling.”
Most recent polls (from Iowa, New Hampshire and nationwide) put Pawlenty’s support in the high single digits or low teens. He almost always trails former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, and is sometimes behind other candidates like Ron Paul and Herman Cain.
Update: PPP just released their newest national poll, and it shows Bachmann at 21 percent and with a statistically-insignificant 1 point lead over Romney. Pawlenty comes in 7th, with 5 percent.