Public Policy Polling

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    August 26, 2014

    Minnesota Family Council decries settlement forcing Little Falls business to host gay wedding

    Cole Frey and his fiance, Adam Block, wanted to have their wedding at LeBlanc's Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in Little Falls. But when the business owner found out the wedding involved two dudes, they told the couple to look elsewhere.Frey and Block informed officials in the state's Department ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    Mark Dayton backtracks on comments about tipped employees making lower minimum wage [AUDIO]

    In a controversy reminiscent of the one the governor embroiled himself in this spring when he ill-advisedly suggested Minnesotans who want medical marijuana simply buy pot off the street, Mark Dayton is now backing off remarks he made about Minnesota's minimum wage during a meeting with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    MNGOP Chair Keith Downey optimistic despite bleak polling, finances

    It was just over two years ago that Politico, alluding to the Minnesota Republican Party's whopping $2 million in debt, wrote that "no state party may be in worse shape."Times aren't quite as tough for the MNGOP these days, but the party is still trying to dig out of that gigantic hole in more ways ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Another survey says Minnesotans want medical marijuana

    A bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use has been debated and tweaked since it was first introduced late last spring. But the one thing that's held steady is popular support. Further proof came last week when KSTP-TV released the results of polling conducted through SurveyUSA. The resear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2014

    Survey: Minnesotans want medical marijuana but split on full legalization

    A new St. Cloud State University survey shows that the overwhelming majority of Minnesotans favor legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. More than three-fourths of people interviewed in late October -- 76 percent -- answered yes to the question, "Would you support or oppose making marijuana l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Twins are more popular than Vikings, survey says

    Sure, both the Twins and the Vikings stink right now, but if the latest Public Policy Polling survey of Minnesota can be believed, fans have been more loyal to the Twins through their struggles than they have been to the Purple.SEE ALSO: A's clinch against Twins, celebrate with beer-drinking baby [P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Mark Dayton's approval rating is slipping, survey says

    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.SEE ALSO: Mark Dayton has some tough talk for Virginia and those damn Confederates According to a new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Poll: Buying beers on Sunday is way more popular than DFL, MNGOP, or Mark Dayton

    Today, Public Policy Polling released its end-of-session snapshot of the popularity of Minnesota's elected officials.SEE ALSO: Conservatives upset Mark Dayton missed speech for birth of first grandchildAnd this probably won't surprise you, but it turns out buying a cold beer on a Sunday is way more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Bipartisan medical marijuana bill to be introduced today at Capitol

    Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will introduce companion bills to legalize medical marijuana today at the Capitol.SEE ALSO: MNGOP spent $10,500 on study that supports legalizing medical marijuana According to a press release distributed by the pro-marijuana law reform group Minnesotans for Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Medical marijuana supported by vast majority of Minnesotans, but won't be legalized this year

    A survey conducted by Public Policy Polling earlier this month found that nearly two-thirds of Minnesotans support medical marijuana. But don't expect to see pot prescriptions written in the state anytime soon.SEE ALSO: Minnesota law enforcement's last word on pot: "We do not support legalization fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Amy Klobuchar is second most popular Senator in the entire country

    In the holy trinity of things popular in Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar is right up there with hotdish and Prince, apparently.SEE ALSO: Amy Klobuchar: "For the first time, there was a traffic jam in the Senate women's bathroom"According to Public Policy Polling's breakdown of every U.S. Senator's populari ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Pete Hegseth on lady soldiers: "You don't want to have to deal with Matt's feelings toward Mary"

    Yesterday, in a surprising move, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order allowing women to partake in armed combat for the first time in American history.SEE ALSO: Decorated war vet Pete Hegseth seeking GOP endorsement to challenge Klobuchar [VIDEO]Panetta's move had the strong suppo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Minnesotans overwhelmingly favor assault weapons ban

    Despite what the Pine County Sheriff thinks, the latest Public Policy Polling survey of Minnesota voters indicates Minnesotans overwhelming favor an assault weapons ban.SEE ALSO:-- Minnesota Republicans want Norm Coleman vs. Mark Dayton in 2014-- Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Minnesota Republicans want Norm Coleman vs. Mark Dayton in 2014

    With a 53 percent approval rating, Mark Dayton looks like he'll be tough to beat in 2014. But as of right now, polling indicates Norm Coleman has the inside track to become the Republican who gets a shot to knock him off.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Minnesota Republicans want Michele Bachmann vs. Al Franken in 2014

    Michele Bachmann for U.S. Senator? Believe it or not, new polling suggests Minnesota Republicans like the sound of that.SEE ALSO:-- Al Franken doesn't want mobile app companies to sell your location data without permission-- Michele Bachmann goes on apocalyptic radio show, says Obama supports Sharia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Mark Dayton looks safe in 2014, according to Public Policy Polling

    Yesterday, Public Policy Polling -- the folks who surprisingly but accurately pegged the voter ID amendment as going down just days before last Tuesday's election -- took an early look at the 2014 gubernatorial landscape.SEE ALSO:-- Mike Parry says Governor Dayton is a drug addict, pops "15 or 16 pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Voter ID amendment fails in Minnesota

    In an outcome that seemed nearly impossible just a few weeks ago, Minnesotans have defeated a controversial amendment to the state constitution that would have created stricter voting laws in the state, including a requirement for voters to bring a government-issued photo I.D. to the polls. With 94 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    11th-hour surprise: Voter ID, marriage amendments both set to fail, says latest polling

    Voter ID has looked like a sure bet to be approved since it first became clear the amendment would be on this year's ballot -- until this weekend.MORE VOTER ID COVERAGE:-- Minnesota Majority wants you to follow buses leaving polling places on election day-- Majority of MN college students favor vote ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Big Bird emerges as somewhat divisive figure in Minnesota, new polling says

    By now, you know the backstory. Last Wednesday, during the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney vowed to cut federal funding for PBS, saying "I love Big Bird... But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it."SEE ALSO:-- Obama up 7 in Minnesota, Klob ... More >>

  • News

    September 19, 2012

    The Fracking Fiasco

    America's latest gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Obama up 7 in Minnesota, Klobuchar up 19, says new poll

    SEE ALSO:-- Romney has halved Obama's Minnesota lead since May, says new SurveyUSA poll-- Pro-Romney group will air misleading 'Janesville' ad in Minnesota [VIDEO]Barack Obama has a comfortable, if not insurmountable lead over Mitt Romney in Minnesota, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Minnesota marriage amendment "looks like a toss up," says new poll of likely voters

    SEE ALSO:-- Minnesota marriage amendment supported by 50 percent, opposed by 43, new poll says-- Support growing for gay marriage in Minnesota, new polling suggests-- Marriage amendment means it's a great time to be in Minnesota's media businessPolling is an inexact science, ya'll.Yesterday, we told ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Norm Coleman most popular prominent MN GOPer; Bachmann "most unpopular politician"

    The Republicans we like the best are the ones we see and hear from the least, apparently.New polling released yesterday by Public Policy Polling reveals that "the most prominent Minnesota Republican with the best favorability numbers" is former Senator Norm Coleman, who we've barely heard from durin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Minnesota voters of all stripes agree: 'Let us buy booze on Sundays'

    Minnesota Democrats, Republicans, and independents all agree on one thing -- we should be able to buy booze on Sundays.A new poll released by Public Policy Polling shows that just about everyone except our elected officials agrees that there is no good reason those of us who fail to plan ahead shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Support growing for gay marriage in Minnesota, new polling suggests

    Mark Dayton dreams of Vikings stadiums and Minnesota becoming the first state to vote down a constitutional amendment against gay rights. This year, both dreams may be fulfilled.A new SurveyUSA poll suggests there is more support for gay marriage in Minnesota than there was four or six months ago. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    Decorated war vet Pete Hegseth seeking GOP endorsement to challenge Klobuchar [VIDEO]

    ​Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth's announcement that he is running against incumbent Amy Klobuchar for one of Minnesota U.S. Senate seats represents an "upgrade" over other GOPers already in the race, The Hill writes. The Hill cites Hegseth's national fundraising network from his time runni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Marriage amendment means it's a great time to be in Minnesota's media business

    ​Now is a great time to be in Minnesota's media business. Between now and November, millions will be spent on ads pertaining to the state's full spectrum of political campaigns. But perhaps the most expensive political battle will be over the constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Poll: Obama crushes all GOP candidates in Minnesota [GRAPHIC]

    ​All signs point toward a blue November in Minnesota, at least as far as the presidential race is concerned.A new Public Policy Polling poll indicates that Barack Obama is on track to cruise to a comfortable win here no matter which Republican contender ultimately emerges as the GOP candidate.In a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

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

    ​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 releas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Michele Bachmann running for reelection this November

    ​Just a day after new polling indicated she's less popular in Minnesota than ever, Michele Bachmann announced she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House this November.The Public Policy Polling poll showed that she has a 34/57 favorable/unfavorable split with Minnesota voters, and only 37 percen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Poll: Minnesota is Gingrich territory

    Somehow, Newt is more popular than Romney even with MN women.​Minnesota is Newt Gingrich territory. That's the conclusion emerging from a new Public Policy Polling poll of likely Republican voters in the state.The poll, conducted last weekend, just over two weeks ahead of the February 7 Minnesota ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    New poll: Bachmann, Pawlenty unpopular with Minnesotans

    ​The ill-fated presidential campaigns of Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty cost them the support of Minnesotans. That's the conclusion that emerges from recent polling conducted by Public Policy Polling, a respected polling firm based in Raleigh. Sometimes, familiarity really does breed contempt. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Michele Bachmann takes the lead in national poll

    Bachmann's ahead of Romney when Palin's not in the game.​Oh, God, it's really happening. Michele Bachmann is the leading Republican presidential candidate, according to a poll released this morning by Public Policy Polling.  Bachmann took a tiny lead -- 21 percent to 20 percent -- over Mitt R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Sonny Perdue, Joe "You Lie" Wilson join Team Pawlenty

    Perdue and Wilson: Happy Republicans in white shirts and blue ties.​While Michele Bachman's chief operative is calling Sarah Palin names, Tim Pawlenty keeps adding GOP marquee names to his roster. In a couple of moves that ought to endear him to southerners, he scooped up former Georgia Gov. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann will debate in New Hampshire

    So friendly looking.​Will he call her a "pain in the ass" and threaten to "rip her lungs out" in person? Will she remember to look into the right camera and get her Revolutionary War history straight? Those questions and more may be answered when Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty show up fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Michele Bachmann says God's calling her to run. Republicans? Not so much

    God's given her the all-clear.​Michele Bachmann just spent the day in New Hampshire, glad handing around and attracting a bunch of reporters who treated her like a Sarah Palin stand in. Because right now, she's acting like a presidential candidate, as opposed to a biker chick. And she says Go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Pawlenty and Bachmann not worthy of any office, most Minnesotans tell pollster

    Minnesotans aren't buying what these two are selling.​Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann are spending a lot of time these days introducing a version of themselves to voters across the country blessed with not having had to endure them lo these many years. But in Minnesota, where we know these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2011

    Most Wisconsin voters don't believe Gov. Scott Walker's union talk

    Walker's even lost the zombie vote.​He's a hero to tea partiers, but Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keeps getting bad news from statewide polls. The latest survey finds that just 31 percent of folks in Wisconsin have apparently bought into his line that he wants to strip public employees of thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Pawlenty and Bachmann compete for last place in GOP poll

    Pawlenty tells CNN he's a tortoise. The hare is still beating him.​In his "I'm running for president" interview with Piers Morgan, Tim Pawlenty said he wasn't troubled by a new CNN poll showing Donald Trump leading the field of potential GOP White House contenders. "I'm just getting known, Pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Scott Walker: Wisconsin has buyer's remorse

    Maybe Wisconsinites are embarrassed by Scott Walker's epic phone fail.​Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives his big budget address today in Madison, where he's expected to defend not just trying to neuter public employee unions, but also slashing funding for public education and local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Rich Stanek vs. Amy Klobuchar for U.S. Senate? [UPDATES]

    Rich Stanek: He beat Kitten. Is Klobuchar next?​Norm Coleman generated some headlines the other day when he confirmed that he has no intention of running against Sen. Amy Klobuchar when she's up for re-election in 2012. So, who will? MPR asked around and found buzz building for Hennepin County Sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Amy Klobuchar is the most popular U.S. Senator

    Amy Klobuchar: What's not to love?​We knew Amy Klobuchar was funny, maybe even funnier than Al Franken, but now we've learned that she's popular, too. And more popular than Franken.

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    December 7, 2010

    Tom Emmer quitting race. Mark Dayton will govern Minnesota

    Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.​It's over. Republican candidate for governor Tom Emmer will concede the race to Democrat Mark Dayton in an official announcement at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in his hometown of Delano. Emmer decided to quit his recount battle against Dayton just h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty who? New poll, familiar result

    Tales from the basement.​Maybe it's time for Tim Pawlenty to get his own TV reality show. Because what else is it going to take for him to eclipse the likes of Sarah Palin in GOP presidential contender polls? Maybe he can talk smokin' hot wife Mary into a Dancing With the Stars slot. She's g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty again trails badly in a New Hampshire poll

    ​Tim Pawlenty has been making the media rounds, giving speeches and spreading campaign cash in the Granite State, but New Hampshire Republicans just don't seem to care when it comes to his potential race for the White House. He finds just 3 percent support there in a new Public Policy Polling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Bachmann leads in new poll; most say she prefers DC limelight

    The District 6 congresswoman is crazy like a fox, but maybe a little too in love with Fox.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Pawlenty's still a mystery to most voters in new poll

    Does this mean Tim Pawlenty will be out of the state even more, trying to boost his national profile?

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    April 27, 2009

    Nearly 2 in 3 Minnesotans want Coleman to concede, poll says

    Just 28 percent of those polled called his appeal to the state Supreme Court "appropriate".

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    October 31, 2008

    Senate polls keep everyone stressed out

    Two more polls show a tight race for U.S. Senate. We are pretty sure there is poll overload going on this year.

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