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%.