-- Update at bottom with comment from Rep. Branden Petersen -- In a press release sent our way by an MNGOP-affiliated source, the D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project PAC pledges to make a maximum financial contribution of $4,000 to Jeff Johnson's gubernatorial campaign.But lest you think the natio ... More >>
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 >>
Medical marijuana activists see the state's new law as only the beginning of broader reform. They've vowed to continue fighting at the Capitol and extend coverage to thousands more Minnesotans. Success or failure depends not only on the stamina of such activists, but on the outcome of this fall's ... More >>
It's been eight months since Margaret Miles and Cathy ten Broeke said, "I do," becoming the first same-sex married couple in Minnesota. The moment marked a victory for equality and human dignity -- but above all, love. Not everyone saw it that way at the time, and they still don't today. On Monda ... More >>
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 >>
The first independent poll of the 2012 6th Congressional District campaign, conducted by SurveyUSA and released last week, contained bad news for Jim Graves and Democrats hoping to remove Rep. Michele Bachmann from power.SEE ALSO:-- Michele Bachmann "likely to win re-election this year," according t ... More >>
A Jim Graves poll released last month portrayed his race against Michele Bachmann as a within-the-margin-of-error tossup. But new independent polling suggests the race isn't as close as it seemed in September. SEE ALSO:-- Jim Graves to Bradlee Dean: "Michele Bachmann is a wonderful person"-- Unfactc ... More >>
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 >>
SEE ALSO:-- MN Marriage amendment: Majority support one man-one woman definition, says new survey-- Support growing for gay marriage in Minnesota, new polling suggests A new SurveyUSA/KSTP marriage amendment poll shows that the gap between 'Vote Yes' and 'Vote No' has narrowed slightly since mid-Jul ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Minnesotans United for All Families raised $3.1 million this year, MN for Marriage $588,000-- Support growing for gay marriage in Minnesota, new polling suggests-- MN for Marriage previously endorsed Leviticus 'death to gays' passage it now says is "garbage"Polling in May and fundraising ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Obama way ahead of Romney in Minnesota, says new SurveyUSA poll [GRAPHIC]Perhaps SurveyUSA's latest Minnesota survey should be taken with a grain of salt -- after all, as late as September 15, 2008, polls showed Barack Obama and John McCain tied in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, though of cours ... More >>
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 >>
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 dis ... More >>
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 >>
Minnesota hasn't gone for a Republican candidate in a presidential election since 1972, when incumbent Richard Nixon edged Democrat George McGovern by five percentage points. Fear and loathing on the campaign trail, indeed.After November, it looks like it'll be 40 years and counting since a GOP pres ... More >>
Throwing cold water on claims of popular support by both the Republicans running the Legislature, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesotans in a new poll are blaming both sides equally for the budget battle that may force a state government shutdown. They also largely disapprove of the job the L ... More >>
Not the clear favorite after all.MPR and the Humphrey Institute released a poll the week before Election Day that predicted a victory for Mark Dayton over Tom Emmer in the governor's race. Team Emmer complained and said its own internal numbers show the race a toss-up.
Tim Pawlenty: Is this guy the problem?Is outgoing Gov. Tim Pawlenty proving to be a drag on Republican Tom Emmer's campaign for the governor's mansion? Public Policy Polling's Tom Jensen asks that in the wake of his survey released over the weekend giving Democrat Mark Dayton a 43-40 percen ... More >>
Why the glaring gap between pollsters?Talk about whiplash. Three polls this past week have given Democrat Mark Dayton a solid lead in the governor's race. But a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll released late yesterday shows Republican Tom Emmer within a single percentage point of his rival.
A bad year for Democrats, but maybe not for Mark Dayton.Conventional wisdom has it that this is going to be a tough election cycle for Democrats around the country, but the Minnesota governor's race may be shaping up to buck the trend. Two polls in under a week have now given DFLer Mark Dayt ... More >>
Screen grab via TheUptakeObama rallies at the UMark Dayton's campaign for governor got two big boosts this weekend: Yet another lead in another poll, and a pat on the back from Barack Obama. Obama flew in for a Dayton rally at the U of M, where he said Republicans would drive the economy bac ... More >>
Mark Dayton leads the governor's race, but not by much.Democrat Mark Dayton has the edge over Republican Tom Emmer in the latest statewide poll conducted ahead of the November election for governor. But his margin is narrow. And Independence Party candidate Tom Horner gained a lot of ground ... More >>
DFL dark horse outspends rivals
The elephant in the roomThe headline on the Smart Politics/Humphrey Institute post will likely put a smile on the face of folks at the Republican Party of Minnesota: "Republicans Outnumber Democrats in Minnesota for First Time Since 2005." Big deal? Eric Ostermeier looked at 68 polls condu ... More >>
In a SurveyUSA poll conducted here last week, just over half of Minnesotans approve of his job performance.
Two weeks into the job, SurveyUSA asked Minnesotans if they approved or disapproved of his work so far as senator. Here's what the poll found.
In the latest SurveyUSA poll, Gov. Tim Pawlenty received a 53-percent approval rating in July. That's a six-point increase since June and ties with January for his best approval rating in 2009.
It was an interesting week in the Twin Cities
Franken, my dear, they give a damn
Minnesotans are pissed: They don't want Pawlenty to run for a third term and they do not approve of the state Legislature.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar's approval rating is better than good these days, sitting at 62 percent. So what's her secret? She's pleasing the Republicans too.
About 61 percent of Minnesotans said they approve of his job performance in March. That's only down from 64 percent in January, while other states have seen double-digit drops.
During his first week of presidency, Barack Obama had nearly a 70 percent approval rating nationwide. We're more than a month out and his rating has dipping by more than double digits in many states except Minnesota.
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Could Pawlenty be the first Minnesota governor to run for and win three four-year terms in office?
Al Franken might be looking like a winner in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race, but that doesn't mean he is well liked. Minnesotan ... More >>
If you had to revote today in the Minnesota Senate race, would your vote change? Apparently not, says a new KSTP Survey USA pol ... More >>
The most recent polls show a statistical tie between Obama and McCain, and Barkley gaining support in the ra ... More >>
Al Franken blasts Sen. Coleman on YouTube for Bush's fundraising appearance, while a pro-war ad campaign pressures Coleman to remain faithful to the administration's policy in Iraq.
The FBI-whistle-blower-turned-congressional-candidate inches closer to John Kline in the latest poll. But it likely has nothing to do with her.
It is testament to Tim Pawlenty's considerable political accumen--and Minnesota's shifting political character--that he remains a relatively popular governor despite this summer's partial government shutdown. As the Strib reported this morning, polling results from Survey USA show Pawlenty to be a m ... More >>