Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #20264
 
Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research: SurveyUSA interviewed 500 state of MN adults 02/01/13 through 02/05/13 using blended sample, mixed-mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (70% of adults) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents unreachable on a home telephone (30% of adults) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, laptop, tablet, or other electronic device.
 
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Mark Dayton is doing as Governor?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Approve50%46%54%50%43%52%59%47%54%54%49%31%80%38%28%59%70%57%40%57%47%55%49%51%39%63%49%
Disapprove35%38%32%24%42%40%35%32%38%21%41%58%10%41%60%26%10%26%41%33%32%28%43%32%49%29%40%
Not Sure15%15%14%26%15%8%6%21%7%25%10%11%10%21%12%16%20%17%19%10%21%17%7%18%12%9%11%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of the job the state legislature is doing?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Approve25%25%26%35%15%24%27%25%25%27%24%14%34%24%11%29%44%30%18%29%27%24%24%29%16%24%21%
Disapprove60%63%57%46%67%65%64%56%65%51%64%66%48%65%75%55%44%56%65%57%58%55%67%55%70%61%66%
Not Sure15%12%17%19%18%11%10%19%10%22%12%20%18%10%14%16%12%14%17%13%15%21%9%15%14%15%13%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Amy Klobuchar is doing as United States Senator?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Approve60%56%65%50%57%66%73%54%68%57%62%42%84%52%42%66%77%68%52%64%62%63%56%64%50%59%60%
Disapprove31%34%27%28%37%31%25%32%29%25%33%44%12%38%52%23%13%21%36%31%25%28%39%28%39%34%30%
Not Sure9%10%7%21%6%3%2%14%3%18%5%14%4%10%6%11%9%11%12%5%13%9%5%8%11%8%10%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Al Franken is doing as United States Senator?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Approve47%45%49%40%42%51%60%41%54%43%49%14%77%41%23%54%72%58%35%53%46%54%41%49%35%51%49%
Disapprove40%43%38%35%47%44%34%40%40%29%45%68%8%50%66%31%20%28%50%37%38%34%47%39%49%40%34%
Not Sure13%12%14%26%11%5%6%19%6%28%6%18%14%9%11%15%9%14%15%10%15%12%12%12%15%9%17%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
There is a proposal to lower the state sales tax rate, but expand the tax to include many consumer services, like haircuts, golf lessons, and auto repairs. Do you support? Or do you oppose? This proposal?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Support35%39%30%36%31%39%31%34%36%43%31%22%45%34%23%38%54%41%29%38%35%34%36%37%24%38%34%
Oppose55%48%62%48%61%52%61%54%56%42%60%70%47%53%70%50%39%44%61%55%58%52%55%53%60%51%62%
Not Sure10%13%8%16%8%9%8%12%8%15%8%9%9%13%8%12%7%15%10%8%8%14%9%10%16%11%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
6There is also a proposal to require businesses to pay sales tax on many business services, like legal, accounting, and consulting services. Do you support? Or do you oppose? This proposal?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Support34%39%29%34%29%39%30%32%36%33%34%22%48%29%22%37%44%38%34%31%33%37%30%33%26%36%41%
Oppose59%54%63%55%63%55%66%59%59%51%62%72%44%63%72%53%50%50%60%62%55%56%66%60%64%52%53%
Not Sure8%7%8%12%8%6%4%10%5%16%4%7%8%8%6%10%6%12%6%7%12%7%5%6%10%12%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
7Minnesota currently has no sales tax on clothing. Another proposal would extend the sales tax to articles of clothing that cost more than $100. Do you support? Or do you oppose? This proposal?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Support49%49%49%51%46%47%54%49%49%56%46%28%68%46%34%56%59%49%44%54%46%51%50%51%41%49%49%
Oppose46%47%46%38%51%52%43%44%49%34%51%65%29%50%59%39%39%48%46%45%46%46%46%43%56%48%45%
Not Sure5%4%5%11%2%1%3%7%2%10%2%7%3%5%7%5%2%3%9%1%8%3%3%5%3%3%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
Should online retailers who have no stores in Minnesota be required to collect sales tax on internet purchases made by Minnesota residents? Or not?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Should32%39%26%31%25%33%43%28%37%33%32%28%42%26%27%32%43%37%28%32%28%34%32%29%29%43%36%
Should Not61%54%68%60%70%64%45%65%57%60%62%67%48%68%69%60%51%52%66%62%64%58%64%64%63%48%58%
Not Sure7%7%7%10%5%3%12%8%6%7%7%4%11%6%4%9%6%11%6%6%8%8%4%7%8%8%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
On income taxes, a proposal would increase the income tax rate on single taxpayers earning more than $150,000 in taxable income and on couples earning more than $250,000. Do you support? Or do you oppose? This proposal?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Support65%67%63%64%65%67%66%64%66%75%61%47%86%59%45%72%94%71%65%65%71%70%58%68%55%70%64%
Oppose30%27%32%27%32%31%27%29%30%16%35%44%9%37%47%25%5%24%27%33%22%22%41%28%39%23%33%
Not Sure5%6%4%9%3%2%7%6%4%9%3%9%4%4%9%3%1%5%8%2%7%7%1%4%7%7%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
10What do you think is the best way to balance the state's $1.1 billion budget deficit? Mostly through spending cuts? Mostly through tax increases? Or through an even split of spending cuts and tax increases?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Spending Cuts45%44%46%45%48%45%39%47%43%45%45%66%25%49%69%38%19%42%49%42%42%41%51%40%48%53%52%
Tax Increases9%12%6%7%9%11%8%8%10%6%10%1%15%8%4%7%25%11%7%9%11%12%3%10%5%8%6%
Even Split45%42%47%47%42%43%47%45%44%48%43%32%58%41%24%54%56%44%42%48%44%46%45%48%42%36%41%
Not Sure2%2%1%1%1%1%5%1%3%1%2%1%2%2%2%1%0%3%1%1%3%1%1%1%4%3%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
11Do you support? ... or oppose? ... a law requiring a ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Support60%50%70%55%60%61%65%58%63%59%60%39%82%55%35%71%83%59%53%67%62%63%56%69%44%54%49%
Oppose35%44%25%33%37%37%28%35%34%30%36%53%15%39%60%24%16%33%39%30%28%32%42%27%48%38%44%
Not Sure6%6%5%12%2%2%6%7%4%11%3%9%3%6%5%6%0%7%8%2%10%5%1%4%8%8%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
12Do you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that limits how much ammunition a gun or gun magazine can hold at once?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Support59%51%67%54%52%62%73%53%66%54%61%44%82%50%38%68%73%65%53%63%62%58%58%65%45%61%48%
Oppose35%44%27%38%44%34%21%41%29%37%35%51%14%43%58%25%25%27%41%35%32%34%40%29%45%35%51%
Not Sure6%5%6%9%4%4%6%6%5%9%4%5%4%7%4%7%1%8%7%2%6%7%2%6%9%4%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
13Do you support? ... or oppose? ... a law that requires that anyone who sells a gun do a background check on the buyer, including gun sales between private individuals?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.9%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Support75%68%81%73%72%76%80%73%77%77%74%76%82%69%63%80%84%70%75%77%77%74%74%81%69%75%59%
Oppose21%27%15%20%27%20%17%23%19%16%24%23%14%25%35%16%13%22%22%21%19%20%25%17%23%19%37%
Not Sure4%4%3%7%1%4%3%4%4%7%2%1%3%6%2%4%3%8%4%2%4%6%2%2%8%7%3%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
14Do you think teachers who are licensed to carry a handgun should? or should not? be allowed to carry their gun while in school?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Should39%51%28%40%39%42%34%39%39%38%40%53%24%43%57%33%27%47%49%27%43%40%36%37%41%46%38%
Should Not54%43%65%51%57%54%57%54%55%54%55%41%72%48%39%60%72%48%43%69%52%52%60%56%53%47%56%
Not Sure6%6%7%9%4%4%9%7%6%8%6%6%4%9%4%8%1%5%9%4%6%9%3%6%6%8%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
15Should a police officer be assigned to every Minnesota school?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Yes37%37%37%38%45%33%29%41%32%40%36%39%39%35%35%39%33%44%39%32%39%34%39%35%39%34%45%
No51%52%51%50%47%54%56%48%55%46%54%57%51%49%54%49%58%45%50%55%50%52%50%53%45%56%48%
Not Sure12%11%12%12%8%13%15%10%13%15%10%4%11%16%11%13%9%11%11%13%11%13%11%12%17%10%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%
 
 
Should the Minnesota state law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? Or should it be left as it is?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+Cell Phone / LanParty AffiliationIdeologyEducationIncomeRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+Cell PhoLandlineRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalHigh SchSome Col4-year C< $40K$40K - $> $80KTwin CitS MNW MNNE MN
Should Be Changed42%37%46%54%42%38%28%48%34%52%38%17%60%42%14%51%72%36%35%52%40%44%44%46%34%35%40%
Should Be Left As It Is54%60%48%42%52%59%68%47%62%43%59%79%38%53%83%46%20%59%63%42%56%53%52%48%62%65%58%
Not Sure4%2%5%3%6%3%4%4%3%5%4%4%1%6%3%3%8%5%2%6%5%3%4%6%3%0%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%29%25%30%17%54%46%30%70%22%34%43%30%52%14%21%38%41%33%33%33%56%15%14%15%