A new poll from SurveyUSA/KSTP found that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton leads his Republican rivals by double digits.
According to the poll, which had a margin of sampling error of 4.2 percentage points, the governor has between 17 to 21 percentage point leads over the Republicans hoping to oust him. Against each of the six Republican candidates the pollster matched against Dayton, the governor netted more than 51 percent of the support and the Republican hopefuls garnered 34 percent or less.
See more detailed results here. The station said it will release polling results on the U.S. Senate race on Tuesday. The recent polling results fit with findings from other recent polls.
The Star Tribune found last month that Dayton's approval rating was at 58 percent, the highest of his term.
Late last year, a Public Policy Polling poll found Dayton had a lower approval rating and led his rivals by 10 to 11 percentage points.
The relatively high numbers for Dayton do not give the governor, who won his first race by a margin so narrow it triggered a recount, a guarantee of re-election. Much can change between February and November when Minnesotans go to vote.
Photo: Star Tribune archive from Election Day 2013