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Mark Dayton Posts Best-Ever Poll Numbers As Governor

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 16, 2014

The standard myth among Minnesota Republicans and the media outlets that love them is that DFL Governor Mark Dayton, after four tumultuous years in office due to having beaten Tom Emmer by the skin of his teeth, is somehow super-vulnerable.

That myth just took a major beating:

Gov. Mark Dayton heads into re-election with the highest job approval rating of his term, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.

The poll found that 58 percent of Minnesotans think Dayton is doing a good job as governor, with 29 percent saying they disapprove. Those numbers come after the governor orchestrated an income tax increase on the wealthy and after the troubled rollout of the state’s health care exchange that opponents hoped would diminish his popularity.

“Given that it’s been a challenging couple of months with MNsure and the light-rail line and the like, I think it shows people are looking at the big picture of how the state is doing overall,” Dayton said. “I’m certainly gratified by these numbers, but there’s a lot more work ahead. I think Minnesota has made excellent progress in jobs and education but we have a lot more to do in those and other areas as well.”

Dayton is preparing for a legislative session later this month and a re-election campaign where Republican rivals will try to put a dent in those ratings.

The task may be formidable. More than half of independents give Dayton high marks, along with a fourth of Republicans and 64 percent of those with no political affiliation. Nearly 90 percent of Democrats say that, more than three years since he took office, they like the job Dayton is doing.

You can view the poll itself here. Suffice to say that Marty “Soapsuds” Seifert, he who touts his alleged electability, has his work cut out for him.

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