Poll shows Obama leading Pawlenty in Minnesota

A new St. Cloud State University poll says those polled say they would support President Obama over Governor Pawlenty in a head to head matchup. When asked “If the 2012 presidential election was held today with Barack Obama being the Democratic candidate and Tim Pawlenty being the Republican candidate, would you vote for Obama or Pawlenty?”

50 percent of those polled say they would support Obama. 39.7 percent back Pawlenty.

Right track/Wrong track

43 percent of those polled say the state is on the right track. 44 percent say the state is on the wrong track.

Top Issue facing the state of Minnesota

Health care 19%

Budget 14%

Education 13%

Unemployment 13%

Taxes at 10%

Job Approval

50.3 percent of those polled rate President Obama’s job approval as excellent or pretty good while 47.4 percent rate Obama’s job approval as only fair or poor.

48.5 percent of those polled rate Gov. Pawlenty’s job approval as excellent or pretty good while 48.4 percent rate Pawlenty’s job approval as only fair or poor.

Party breakdown

36% of those polled self identify as Democrats

26% of those polled self identify as Republicans

11% of those polled self identify as not belonging to any party..

You can read the entire poll here.

  • Allen Gehrke

    This poll is great news for Gov. Pawlenty and terrible news for President Obama. The poll had 36% democrat to 26 republican. I know there is more democrats in the state and any poll should have a higher percentage of democrats. the incumbent verses a maybe candidate should have much higher numbers favoring the the President.

    Mr Obama is struggling right now and it shows.