Minnesota voters give DFL Gov. Mark Dayton high marks and don't want former Gov. Tim Pawlenty or U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to run for president, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.
The poll, conducted between May 27 and May 30, found that 51 percent approve and 38 percent disapprove of the job Dayton has done so far. When the 1,179 voters were asked how they would vote if they could have a do-over of last year's gubernatorial election, which Dayton won with just 9,000 votes to spare, 48 percent said they would vote for him, 36 percent would vote for Republican Tom Emmer and 13 percent would go for Independence Party's Tom Horner.
Those figures are nearly flipped when it comes to the Republican Legislature. Fifty-eight percent said they disapprove of the job GOP lawmakers are doing and 29 percent approve. DFL lawmakers aren't too popular either -- 45 percent disapprove and 39 percent approve.
Still, according to the poll 49 percent said they would vote for a DFL candidate for Legislature and 40 percent would vote for the Republican "if there was an election for the Legislature today."
Dayton could glean some other good news from the poll -- when asked to chose between a tax increase on the top 2 percent of Minnesotans or a state budget "balanced through cuts only," 63 percent chose the tax increase and 32 percent chose the cuts. (Republicans have rejected the label "cuts only" to describe their budget solution.)
Of those polled, 47 percent said neither Pawlenty nor Bachmann should run for any office while 14 percent said Bachmann should run for president and 28 percent said Pawlenty said aim for the White House. Pawlenty is officially running for president; Bachmann has yet to clearly declare her intentions.
Last, like other recent polls, the Public Policy Polling survey found Minnesota trending toward supporting same-sex marriage. Voters in the survey were evenly split on whether the constitution should be amendment to ban the unions and whether same-sex marriage should be legal.
The poll had a near even split among people who identify themselves as Democrats, Republicans and something else.
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