The Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio News polled 800 Minnesota likely voters between Oct. 15 and Oct. 17. Highlights from questions about Gov. Mark Dayton's job performance are below. Scroll down the page to see details about how the poll was conducted and the demographics of the 800 respondents.
Mark Dayton is nearing the end of eight years as governor of Minnesota. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of his job performance during his two terms in office?
|Strongly approve||Somewhat approve||Somewhat disapprove||Strongly disapprove||Not sure|
|Hennepin / Ramsey||42%||28%||11%||16%||3%|
|Independents / other||25||28||14||31||2|
|$50,000 and over||28||26||16||29||1|
The Minnesota Poll has been tracking Mark Dayton's job approval as governor since 2011.
About the poll
This Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll findings are based on interviews conducted Oct. 15-17 with 800 Minnesota likely voters. The interviews were conducted via land line (60 percent) and cellphone (40 percent). The poll was conducted for the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio News by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc.
Results of a poll based on 800 interviews will vary by no more than 3.5 percentage points, plus or minus, from the overall population 95 times out of 100. Margins are larger for groups within the sample, such as Democrats and Republicans, and age groups.
The self-identified party affiliation of the respondents is 38 percent Democrats, 33 percent Republicans and 29 percent independents or other.
Sampling error does not take into account other sources of variation inherent in public opinion surveys, such as nonresponse, question wording or context effects. In addition, news events may have affected opinions during the period the poll was taken.
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Demographic breakdown of this polling sample