More than half of Minnesotans think the state is headed in the wrong direction, according to a survey released last week from St. Cloud State University.
The annual statewide survey for 2011 is on par with findings about the direction of the state from the school's 2010 survey, when 56 percent of respondents said the state was on the wrong track. About one quarter of those who responded said the state was heading in the right direction, a similar number to a year ago.
Respondents to this year's survey were more likely to see Republicans doing a better job tackling the budget and taxes while Democrats were seen as better suited to improve the economy, education and unemployment.
When asked who was to blame for the state government shutdown over the summer, 57 percent of respondents pointed fingers at the Republican-controlled Legislature, while 19 percent blamed DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Another 19 percent blamed both. About 51 percent said spending cuts were the answer to the budget stalemate, while 18 percent thought tax increases were the answer. Another 28 percent wanted a combination of both.
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