Poll: Dayton very popular, legislative Repubs have "horrible numbers"

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Mark Dayton has reason to smile -- his GOP adversaries are about as popular as a kick in the pants.
Minnesotans apparently haven't held last summer's government shutdown against the governor. Instead, they're blaming Republicans.

14 months after defeating Republican Tom Emmer by less than one percent of the vote, Mark Dayton is now "one of the most popular Governors in the country."

A poll released this afternoon by Public Policy Polling shows that 53 percent of Minnesotans approve of the job the former senator is doing, compared to 34 percent who disapprove. According to PPP, there are only seven governors with higher approval ratings.

The poll also suggests that Dayton may have the pleasure of working with less Republican legislators after November.

Democrats lead the generic legislative ballot by a 48-39 margin. The lead isn't attributable to the popularity of legislative Democrats -- quite the contrary, as only 31 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of them.
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Amy Koch's leadership went over about as well as the Hindenberg.


But, as PPP notes, the honeymoon period for the Republican majorities in the House and Senate "wore off real fast." Legislative Republicans "have horrible numbers," with just 23 percent of voters viewing them favorably, compared to 62 percent who don't.

Perhaps it's time for a third party to emerge? With both Democrats and Republicans looking bad in the eyes of more than two-thirds of state voters, conditions seemingly couldn't be more ripe.

But as far as the MNGOP goes, Minnesotans are apparently taking heed of the old adage -- 'fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice... you fool me we can't get fooled again!'

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Boo Hiss
Boo Hiss

Fun Fact: PPP is affiliated with the Democrat party.

atrupar
atrupar

Another fun fact -- Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com said PPP's polls were actually 'slightly Republican-leaning' during the 2010 campaign season. They're as reputable as it gets.

jp
jp

Another fun fact-Dayton gave himself a grade of F as Senator.  And you still think this a leader?  Gimme a break dude.  Get off your liberal soapbox and think for yourself for a change.  Don't cave to the idiots looking over your shoulder.  Or is that the liberal way?

atrupar
atrupar

Another fun fact -- Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com said PPP's polls were actually 'slightly Republican-leaning' during the 2010 campaign season. They're as reputable as it gets.

atrupar
atrupar

Another fun fact -- Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com said that PPP's polls were actually 'slightly Republican-leaning' during the 2010 campaign cycle. They're as reputable as it gets.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

Sorry, I just don't trust these new polls. I think they're undersampling Republicans, probably because most Republicans are now spending their spare time selling flowers on street corners to pay off the debts Tony Sutton ran up.

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

The self-identified political party of the respondents is 36% Dems/ 33% Repubs/ 32% Independent. Not bad. The real place that they skew hard is in age with 56% being 46 and older, so the poll actually oversamples a more conservative demographic. A 1236 person sample size is statistically solid.

green23
green23

The sample also has slightly fewer Obama voters than there were in the actual election, so it's fairly safe to say that Republicans are not under-sampled. Election: 54/44 Sample: 51/42 Pretty close, though.

And, of course, the land-line methodology excludes people who use cell phones as their primary phone - which skews toward younger and more Democrat-friendly voters.

The 45-65 age group should be about ten points lower. Only 12% of MN is over 65, but the sample shows 20%. I don't think that PPP weights for age on their free polling.

So it really doesn't look to me that Republicans are being under-sampled. PPP does have a slight Republican bias in their results, after all.

Most of all, these results are very much in line with their June polling.

I should also point out that PPP did all of this MN polling for free. Nobody sponsored it. They are putting their reputation on the line here for the civic good.

Any sample over 1000 would be acceptable for a *national* poll. To use a sample of 1200+ on a free poll for a *state* is extraordinary. It seems doubtful to me that PPP would go to that kind of effort (for no money) to just put out bogus numbers.

Sam I am.
Sam I am.

Honestly......why doesn't CP just change their name to Liberal Propaganda Pages?

riddim dancehall
riddim dancehall

Or you could just accept reality, but there is a better chance of them changing their name, so I guess go with that...

Womanphoenix
Womanphoenix

Oh, come on!  Conservatives accepting reality?  That would require them to ditch the Southern Strategy and every other method they have for getting white suburban males to vote Republican: http://my.firedoglake.com/phoe...

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