A new poll of the Minnesota governor’s race by SurveyUSA/KSTP-TV shows Gov. Mark Dayton with a 49-40 lead over Republican challenger Jeff Johnson.
It’s still early, though, KSTP’s story warns; historically such margins narrow as voters learn more about the challenger.
The poll of 600 likely voters found 3 percent support for Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet. The Independence Party needs 5 percent of the vote statewide in November to retain its major party status.
About 8 percent were undecided in the poll.
The poll showed Dayton leads with women, 53-44 percent, while Johnson leads with men, 44-36 percent.
The polls also shows Dayton with a 51 percent job performance approval rating, while 37 percent disapprove of his work in office.