Mark Dayton's approval rating is slipping, survey says

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Polling suggests Minnesotans aren't big fans of Dayton's 2013 job performance.
Mark Dayton's first three years as governor has had their ups and downs. But if a new survey can be believed, it the eyes of Minnesotans, the bad slightly outweighs the good.

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According to a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Dayton's approval rating currently sits at 47 percent, with 36 percent disapproving and 16 percent not sure (the margin of error is 4.5 percent). KSTP's Tom Hauser puts the numbers in context: Twenty-three percent of the most recent poll's sample identified as Republican, 31 percent as DFLers, and 43 as independents. The sample of April's KSTP/SurveyUSA poll that showed more support for Dayton was 24 percent GOP/37 percent DFL/37 percent independent, according to David Brauer.

The latest KSTP/SurveyUSA results are consisted with Public Policy Polling's recent work in Minnesota, which also indicates the last legislative session took a bite out of Dayton's popularity. It should be noted, however, that this week's KSTP/SurveyUSA data comes less than three months after a Star Tribune poll showed Dayton with a 57 percent approval rating -- his highest since taking office.

Granted, the summer that followed wasn't all fun and games for Dayton, but we'll need to see a clearer trend of declining support before we start pondering what it'd be like to have a Governor Zellers.

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Republicans are already using the poll results to try and score political points. From a statement released this morning by the Minnesota Jobs Coalition:
"Minnesotans are increasingly frustrated with Gov. Dayton, and this is a major warning sign for Dayton's re-election. While Democrats said they'd only tax the 'rich,' it is clear all Minnesotans will pay more in taxes as a result of Democrats raising taxes by nearly $2 billion to solve a $600 million deficit. If Gov. Dayton continues to take us down this road, Minnesotans will be voting for new leadership next November," said Ben Golnik, Chairman of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition.
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green23 topcommenter

First of all, SurveyUSA is a mediocre pollster. I wouldn't read a lot into this. Second, MB is right. The MNGOP has nobody to run against Dayton. Third, the State economy is doing pretty well; it's Dayton's conservative-leaning views on social issues that are hurting him.

If the MNGOP doesn't get the State House or Senate back this midterm, conservatives are going to have to admit that they've chosen a losing strategy.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Dayton doesn't have to worry since the Republicans will only have stupid bigot clowns to run against him in the next election. 

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@green23 There is no way they are getting the House or the Senate back.  If Syria goes well which it looks like it will the Dems will be riding high coming into midterms.  The Republicans have been cracking for a while now, one of these days it will catch up to them.  They are doing everything they can to make sure 95% of the Latinos don't vote for them.   You know they are going to nominate just a nutjob for Governor which will drag the whole ticket down.  If Dems were smart they would put medical marijuana on the ballot to tweak turnout to help Franken and Dayton.    

k2yeb topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann You are a moron, and pointing finger politics like yours is way worse than any polarizing position. I think you are what you hate. Man, this is like the blind leading the blind.


@MicheleBachmann I love how much you love to generalize.  We all know Democrats are incapable of any wrong doing, and republicans are incapable of any good.  I LOVE DOGMA!!!!!

green23 topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann @green23  I don't think it's likely the Republicans will make significant gains in MN, either. That just proves that they badly over-played their hand in 2010 and they will suffer for it until they can rebuild their credibility. 

Unfortunately for the MNGOP, the MN conservatives are going to triple-down on this fringe appeal. Franken was supposed to be vulnerable. Instead, they'll run another Kurt Bills candidate and lose big. Kline's moving further right in a District not suited for that approach. The MNGOP is *still* broke from Sutton's double-down losing bet on Dayton's election. Bachmann's out and discredited with the State's voter's. The evangelicals are toxic, but the libertarians are forced to ally with them. None of the Apocalyptic disasters that the Right predicted have come to pass.  Demographics have chiselled away at their base. PPP shows that Republican self-identification among likely voters has dropped by 9 points in the last year. It's dropping in the rural areas, too.

When the Tea Party took over, they purged all of the professional campaign people and strategists because they weren't pure enough. They replaced them with clowns like Chris Fields, who would tell them whatever they wanted to hear. 

Medical marijuana would help, except that Dayton is on record as opposing it. Like a lot of Dayton's positions, I think it's flexible, but that's not a campaign strategy. 

The Democrats haven't really had to compete because the Republicans have been so crazy and out-of-touch, and because they've run all of the sane candidates out of the MNGOP.

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@k2yeb I don't think you know what the blind leading the blind means.  Even thought I was insulting as possible I actually made a coherent point.  All I have gotten from you fucking dweebs is insults and bigotry.   I gave you a chance to actually say something productive, all you conservatives ever want to do is whine and complain.  It's why I'm so fucking rude and nasty to you idiot bigot clowns.  I'm very polite to those that actually contribute.  

MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@H8TER You had your chance.   Stupid bigot clowns like you nominate other stupid bigot clowns to run.  Dayton will crush thanks to idiots like you.

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