A new Rasmussen Poll says 38 percent of those polled would support Gov. Pawlenty if he were to win the GOP nomination for president in 2012. That’s down four points from a similar poll in November. Nearly half also say his potential run for president has had a negative impact on his job as governor.
His overall job approval is at 49 percent.
This is the second poll in the past week that showed Pawlenty receiving approval ratings below fifty percent and shows fewer than forty percent want him to run for president in 2012. Pawlenty has not ruled out a run for the White House. (Survey USA released a poll last week).
Pawlenty is in Florida this weekend. He spoke to the Minnesota Club in Naples this morning and will spend time with his family this weekend. He’ll be raising money for the Republican Governors Association in Orlando on Monday.
The poll also shows that DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar continues to get high marks among Minnesotans. Her job approval is at 67 percent. DFL Sen. Al Franken’s job approval is at 50 percent.
You can read the full poll here.