Mark Dayton very popular, MNGOP-controlled legislature about as popular as kick in the pants

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Minnesotans continue to enjoy Mark Dayton's work as governor.
Gov. Mark Dayton will probably have a friendlier legislature to work with next year.

A new SurveyUSA poll of 600 Minnesotans found that only 21 percent of respondents approve of the job the MNGOP-controlled legislature was doing during the last days of this year's session, compared to 67 percent disapproval. In other words, the legislature is about as popular as a swift kick in the ass.

On the other hand, Minnesotans love them some Mark Dayton. The governor's approval rating is 56 percent, compared to 33 percent who disapprove. Though the margin of error is 4.4 percent, if the poll is accurate, it means Dayton's approval rating has slightly ticked up since late January, when a poll found he was the eighth-most popular guv in America.

It should be noted that the SurveyUSA poll was conducted May 9 and 10, the latter being the day the legislature approved the Dayton-propelled Vikings stadium bill. How might that impact the approval numbers? Depends on whether Minnesotans are more upset about Wilfare and the introduction of electronic pulltabs than they are happy about the prospect of keeping the Vikes in town with a new shiny stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

But with the legislature session now in the rear-view mirror, the poll numbers certainly don't bode well for Minnesota Republicans. What can they possibly do or say between now and November to get more Minnesotans in their corner?

See also:
-- Poll: Dayton very popular, legislative Repubs have "horrible numbers"
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Philboman
Philboman

I would have bouts of depression working with the State Republicans but I guess he learned from working with the Senators in DC. Kind of like having 2 rotten kids and trying to get them to do something for someone else.

Toeser
Toeser

Gov. Dayton often cited the stadium as a jobs bill.  Two years of jobs and 30+ years of debt repayments.  Dayton also wanted to raise the top income tax bracket to 1/10 of 1% below the highest in the nation, almost insuring that new jobs would go to other states.

If that is how the DFL thinks we should run the state economy, we are all in trouble.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

this guy is useless - we don;t even get to see the financial details of the deal - what a muppet. 

swmnguy
swmnguy

Mark Dayton has done a great job as governor.  I had my doubts.  I disagree with him on the Vikings' stadium.  But I can't think of anyone who could do a better, and more dignified, job of dealing with the vicious, militant ignoramuses running the MN GOP.  It isn't that I disagree with them.  Disagreement I can deal with.  But these people the Republicans have in the Legislature are nasty, small-minded, mean-spirited, bad-mouthing louts.  They must have chosen the worst person in each district to run.  Is there a nastier person in Vergas than Gretchen Hoffman?  Not that I've encountered.  How about Matt Dean, or Mary Kiffmeyer, or Amy Koch?  Would you let any of those people into your house for a social function?

Dayton was a lousy US Senator, as he would be the first to admit.  But he's done a remarkable job as governor.  He deserves to be popular, and he deserves to be re-elected.  I don't see anyone who could take as much as 45% of the vote against him; not today.

Mike W.
Mike W.

I too was quite doubtful at first.  But he has shown measurable leadership, which is more than can be said for the legislature.  The shutdown was a farce, and and much as I disagreed with the governor's moving to end it, he came across as the statesman in the whole affair.

Who will the Rs even try to get to run against him?  Where is their bench strength for this?

Simon Pits
Simon Pits

 I'll give you a hint: She's Swiss and has Crazy Eyes.

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

Mark Dayton is a legend in his own mind. Time for him to run for President 2016. The US needs a good president. Run Mark Run.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

The guy is perpetually out-to-lunch.  Some tranquilized puppet for the DFL.

webcelt
webcelt

He says governor is it for him, but probably every governor who wins reelection has a passing thought.

Since Dayton has pretty consistently shown he means what he says, my guess is he'll let the passing thought keep passing.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Nah, we should probably have the guys from the party of fiscal responsibility that couldn't manage to pay their own rent run for president.  yeah, those guys know what they're doing.

Youdummies
Youdummies

Uhhhh, they ARE running for president.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Under the "do as I say, not as I do" platform?

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