A Minnesota Poll published in the Star Tribune today indicates a majority of Minnesotans prefer DFLer Mark Dayton’s budget fixing plan — higher taxes on top earners — over the plans of the other two candidates for governor.
More than 60 percent of those polled said they’d prefer “increasing taxes for Minnesota highest income earners to help reduce the state budget deficit.”
On another question, 42 percent said they prefer a plan that reduces state services but avoids tax increases. That’s the basic plan promoted by GOP candidate Tom Emmer.
About 42 percent said they favor extending the sales tax on clothing and some services, like haircuts. That’s part of the plan proposed by Independence Party candidate Tom Horner.
The poll interviewed 949 likely voters between Sept. 20 and 23. They say there’s a margin of sampling error of =/- 4.1 percentage points.
On Sunday, the Strib reported results of the governor’s race preference from the same polling data:
With five weeks left, the poll showed Dayton with 39 percent; Emmer with 30 percent and Horner with 18 percent. The Dayton/Emmer percentages are nearly the same as the results from a July Minnesota poll, but Horner was up from 13 percent in July.
The poll indicated 12 percent still don’t know how they’ll vote.
And the poll asked respondents how they’d vote in a two-candidate race between Dayton and Emmer: without Horner in the race, the results were Dayton — 49 percent; Emmer — 38 percent; Undecided/other — 13 percent.
Also, when asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable impression of each candidate, the results were:
- Dayton — Favorable, 51 percent; Unfavorable, 38 percent
- Emmer — Favorable, 40 percent; Unfavorable, 41 percent
- Horner — Favorable, 38 percent; Unfavorable, 28 percent.