Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #16315
 
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tim Pawlenty is doing as Governor?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Approve42%48%37%32%52%42%42%43%42%42%******80%10%48%78%33%11%44%45%35%40%
Disapprove52%46%57%58%43%55%53%50%54%53%******14%86%46%17%61%87%49%44%61%60%
Not Sure6%6%6%10%5%2%5%8%3%5%******7%3%6%5%6%2%7%10%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
Do you approve or disapprove of the job being done by the Minnesota state legislature?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Approve25%19%31%31%25%20%23%28%21%25%******20%40%16%13%28%45%26%13%24%38%
Disapprove66%75%59%58%67%74%70%63%73%67%******73%56%74%77%68%43%65%77%69%58%
Not Sure8%6%10%11%8%6%6%9%6%7%******7%5%10%10%4%12%9%10%8%4%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
3Minnesota has a budget deficit of more than one billion dollars. What steps do you think the legislature and governor should take to balance the budget? Raise taxes? Cut spending? Or both raise taxes and cut spending?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Raise Taxes10%10%10%21%4%6%6%12%6%10%******3%23%4%3%7%37%10%2%12%14%
Cut Spending58%58%58%64%63%46%52%64%49%58%******79%44%55%82%52%19%61%63%49%49%
Both29%30%29%11%30%46%38%21%43%29%******18%29%38%15%40%34%26%30%37%36%
Not Sure3%2%4%3%3%2%4%3%3%2%******0%3%4%0%1%10%3%5%2%1%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
4One proposal would allow slot machines at two Twin Cities horse racing tracks, creating what are called "raceinos" and collecting $125 million in revenue for the state each year. Do you approve? Or disapprove? Of this proposal?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.6%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Approve80%84%76%78%83%81%74%81%78%81%******72%87%81%68%88%84%80%75%80%80%
Disapprove18%15%20%18%15%17%24%17%20%17%******26%12%17%29%11%14%16%24%18%20%
Not Sure2%1%4%3%2%1%2%3%2%1%******2%1%2%3%1%2%3%1%2%0%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
5Another proposal would eliminate the General Assistance Medical Care, or GAMC, program for low-income adults and shift them to another state health care plan to save money. Do you approve? or disapprove? of this proposal?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Approve42%46%38%33%50%41%43%42%42%42%******55%27%49%61%42%16%42%41%46%37%
Disapprove50%48%52%59%40%53%52%49%52%51%******30%68%47%28%53%77%50%49%50%53%
Not Sure8%6%10%9%9%6%6%9%6%7%******15%5%4%11%5%7%8%10%4%10%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
6The legislature has approved a "bonding bill" that includes one billion dollars worth of building projects around the state. Governor Pawlenty has proposed a less expensive list of projects totaling about $700 million dollars. Which plan do you prefer?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Billion Dollar Legislature Plan27%24%30%31%19%33%28%25%31%27%******11%45%22%13%33%42%25%30%25%35%
$700 Million Governor's Plan52%62%41%49%54%51%52%52%51%52%******76%32%57%72%49%35%58%40%43%41%
Not Sure21%14%28%21%26%16%19%24%18%20%******13%23%21%15%18%23%17%30%32%24%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
7If the Minnesota Vikings propose a new stadium this year, should the state help finance the stadium in some way? Or should the state not get involved?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Should Help Finance31%40%22%35%29%36%22%32%30%32%******40%28%30%27%36%30%34%35%24%20%
Should Not Get Involved64%58%71%60%67%60%73%64%66%64%******58%68%63%70%57%67%60%63%74%80%
Not Sure5%2%7%5%4%4%5%5%4%4%******2%4%7%4%6%3%6%3%2%0%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
8Regardless for who pays for a new stadium for the Vikings, if one is built, should it have a roof? Or should it be an open-air stadium?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Roof66%70%62%58%69%74%67%63%71%66%******76%56%69%75%59%82%65%69%75%60%
Open-air23%22%23%30%23%14%20%26%17%23%******15%29%23%17%28%14%23%15%19%33%
Not Sure11%8%15%13%8%13%13%10%13%11%******9%14%8%8%13%4%12%16%6%8%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
9Which of the four major professional sports franchises in Minnesota is your favorite? The Minnesota Twins? The Minnesota Vikings? The Minnesota Wild? Or The Minnesota Timberwolves?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Twins37%36%38%38%34%34%44%36%38%39%******41%39%32%36%41%30%37%40%38%32%
Vikings37%41%33%25%40%46%42%33%44%35%******40%26%43%43%33%31%35%42%36%45%
Wild10%11%10%15%12%8%2%14%5%10%******10%9%12%11%11%7%10%2%17%11%
Timberwolves2%0%4%0%6%1%1%3%1%2%******4%3%2%3%3%1%2%4%0%5%
Not Sure13%12%15%21%8%11%12%15%11%14%******6%23%11%7%11%31%16%12%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%
Composition of Adults100%49%51%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
10Should driving while talking on a cell phone be legal? Or illegal?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Legal36%49%23%50%39%32%9%44%22%35%******43%36%31%36%37%34%40%22%34%32%
Illegal60%48%73%49%56%65%86%52%74%62%******52%60%66%59%60%64%57%72%62%66%
Not Sure3%3%4%1%5%3%4%3%4%4%******6%3%2%5%3%2%3%6%4%2%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
11Should Governor Tim Pawlenty run for President in 2012? Or not?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
Should Run28%34%22%29%30%29%21%29%26%27%******62%4%28%60%18%1%30%21%27%27%
Should Not63%56%69%66%59%60%68%62%64%64%******27%88%64%28%74%96%60%65%67%70%
Not Sure9%10%8%5%11%11%10%8%11%9%******11%8%8%12%8%3%10%14%6%3%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
12Does the amount of out-of-state travel done by Governor Pawlenty make him a more effective governor? A less effective governor? Or does it have no impact either way?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalTwin CitSouth MNWest MNNortheas
More Effective16%19%12%14%17%18%12%16%15%15%******36%5%14%30%12%0%15%15%19%14%
Less Effective40%36%44%33%38%46%51%35%48%42%******17%53%42%20%45%64%39%43%41%41%
No Impact41%42%40%52%38%34%35%45%34%40%******44%37%41%49%40%28%42%38%40%40%
Not Sure4%2%5%1%7%3%1%4%2%3%******3%5%3%1%3%8%4%4%1%5%
Total100%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%30%33%21%16%63%37%90%3%2%4%23%34%38%27%47%15%62%12%13%12%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.