Mark Dayton's approval rating is slipping, survey says

Polling suggests Minnesotans aren't big fans of Dayton's 2013 job performance.
Polling suggests Minnesotans aren't big fans of Dayton's 2013 job performance.

Mark Dayton's first three years as governor has had their ups and downs. But if a new survey can be believed, it the eyes of Minnesotans, the bad slightly outweighs the good.

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According to a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Dayton's approval rating currently sits at 47 percent, with 36 percent disapproving and 16 percent not sure (the margin of error is 4.5 percent). KSTP's Tom Hauser puts the numbers in context:

Twenty-three percent of the most recent poll's sample identified as Republican, 31 percent as DFLers, and 43 as independents. The sample of April's KSTP/SurveyUSA poll that showed more support for Dayton was 24 percent GOP/37 percent DFL/37 percent independent, according to David Brauer.

The latest KSTP/SurveyUSA results are consisted with Public Policy Polling's recent work in Minnesota, which also indicates the last legislative session took a bite out of Dayton's popularity. It should be noted, however, that this week's KSTP/SurveyUSA data comes less than three months after a Star Tribune poll showed Dayton with a 57 percent approval rating -- his highest since taking office.

Granted, the summer that followed wasn't all fun and games for Dayton, but we'll need to see a clearer trend of declining support before we start pondering what it'd be like to have a Governor Zellers.

:::: UPDATE ::::

Republicans are already using the poll results to try and score political points. From a statement released this morning by the Minnesota Jobs Coalition:

"Minnesotans are increasingly frustrated with Gov. Dayton, and this is a major warning sign for Dayton's re-election. While Democrats said they'd only tax the 'rich,' it is clear all Minnesotans will pay more in taxes as a result of Democrats raising taxes by nearly $2 billion to solve a $600 million deficit. If Gov. Dayton continues to take us down this road, Minnesotans will be voting for new leadership next November," said Ben Golnik, Chairman of the Minnesota Jobs Coalition.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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