Polls show strong approval ratings for Dayton, Franken

New Minnesota Polls show strong approval ratings for Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

Both are seeking re-election in November.

The poll published Monday by the Star Tribune found a 55 percent approval rating for Franken, who narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in 2008, after a lengthy recount.

Franken’s disapproval rating, though, rose to 34 percent. The Star Tribune said the poll of 800 Minnesotans earlier this month has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

And the poll found Franken’s approval very high — 68 percent — in the heavily DFL counties of Hennepin and Ramsey.

The poll published Sunday showed Dayton with a 58 percent approval rating, the governor’s highest showing in his first term. The poll found that 29 percent disapprove of his performance.

Dayton, elected to his first term as governor in 2010, also took office after a close race and a recount.

One portion of the poll published Saturday shows President Obama’s approval rating in the state has turned negative for the first time since he was elected in 2008. The new statewide results show 43 percent approve of his performance, while 50 percent disapprove.

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