Wednesday, December 21, 2005

More on approval ratings

Yesterday I posted Gov. Pawlenty's latest approval rating from SurveyUSA. Pawlenty is up 9 points over last month at 59%.

The poll shows some bad news for Pawlenty's Democratic challengers since Pawlenty's approval is on the up. Also, nearly 40% of Democrats gave Pawlenty a positive approval. The "middle of the road" classifications, "moderate" for ideology and "independent" for party affiliation, gave Pawlenty a near 60% approval. The poll notes that almost half of the respondents are self-classified as "independents."
Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Ron Carey had this to say:

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"Governor Pawlenty's optimistic agenda of accountability and reform has produced great results for our state. We have gone from a $4.5 billion deficit to a $1 billion surplus. Governor Pawlenty's strong leadership clearly has our state on the right track." ”(Source: MNGOP Press release, Dec. 20, 2005)
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This bump in the polls for Gov. Pawlenty comes the same week as the rebound in Pres. Bush's numbers.

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