Mark Dayton very popular, MNGOP-controlled legislature about as popular as kick in the pants


Gov. Mark Dayton will probably have a friendlier legislature to work with next year.

A new SurveyUSA poll of 600 Minnesotans found that only 21 percent of respondents approve of the job the MNGOP-controlled legislature was doing during the last days of this year's session, compared to 67 percent disapproval. In other words, the legislature is about as popular as a swift kick in the ass.

On the other hand, Minnesotans love them some Mark Dayton. The governor's approval rating is 56 percent, compared to 33 percent who disapprove. Though the margin of error is 4.4 percent, if the poll is accurate, it means Dayton's approval rating has slightly ticked up since late January, when a poll found he was the eighth-most popular guv in America.

It should be noted that the SurveyUSA poll was conducted May 9 and 10, the latter being the day the legislature approved the Dayton-propelled Vikings stadium bill. How might that impact the approval numbers? Depends on whether Minnesotans are more upset about Wilfare and the introduction of electronic pulltabs than they are happy about the prospect of keeping the Vikes in town with a new shiny stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

But with the legislature session now in the rear-view mirror, the poll numbers certainly don't bode well for Minnesota Republicans. What can they possibly do or say between now and November to get more Minnesotans in their corner?

See also:
-- Poll: Dayton very popular, legislative Repubs have "horrible numbers"

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