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

Poll: Dayton very popular, legislative Repubs have "horrible numbers"
Mark Dayton has reason to smile -- his GOP adversaries are about as popular as a kick in the pants.

Minnesotans apparently haven't held last summer's government shutdown against the governor. Instead, they're blaming Republicans.

14 months after defeating Republican Tom Emmer by less than one percent of the vote, Mark Dayton is now "one of the most popular Governors in the country."

A poll released this afternoon by Public Policy Polling shows that 53 percent of Minnesotans approve of the job the former senator is doing, compared to 34 percent who disapprove. According to PPP, there are only seven governors with higher approval ratings.

The poll also suggests that Dayton may have the pleasure of working with less Republican legislators after November.

Democrats lead the generic legislative ballot by a 48-39 margin. The lead isn't attributable to the popularity of legislative Democrats -- quite the contrary, as only 31 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of them.

But, as PPP notes, the honeymoon period for the Republican majorities in the House and Senate "wore off real fast." Legislative Republicans "have horrible numbers," with just 23 percent of voters viewing them favorably, compared to 62 percent who don't.

Perhaps it's time for a third party to emerge? With both Democrats and Republicans looking bad in the eyes of more than two-thirds of state voters, conditions seemingly couldn't be more ripe.

But as far as the MNGOP goes, Minnesotans are apparently taking heed of the old adage -- 'fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice... you fool me we can't get fooled again!'

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