Poll: Dayton’s approval numbers slide, but still leads in 2014

Gov. Mark Dayton’s approval numbers have dipped in recent months, according to a new poll by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling.

In January, Dayton’s approval rating was 53 percent. Now it’s 49 percent, with 47 percent of of those polled saying they disapprove of the job he’s doing. That’s largely because independent voters say they’ve lost confidence in Dayton. His support remains strong among Democrats.

When Dayton’s polled against possible Republican contenders in 2014, he has a strong lead.

– Against House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, Dayton leads by 12 percentage points.

– Against former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, Dayton leads by 13 percentage points.

– Against Senate Minority Leader David Hann, Dayton leads by 15 percentage points.

– Against Sen. Dave Thompson, R-Lakeville, Dayton leads by 16 percentage points.

– Against Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, Dayton leads by 17 percentage points.

– Against Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, Dayton leads by 18 percentage points.

– And against Scott Honour and Jeff Johnson, two Republicans who have formally launched 2014 campaigns, Dayton leads by 18 percentage points.

The news isn’t as good for the DFL majority in the Legislature. It’s approval rating is 36 percent. Republican legislators have a 23 percent approval rating. The DFL leads in a generic legislative ballot by a 6 percentage point margin.

PPP test other questions about legalizing same-sex marriage, minimum wage and the Vikings stadium. Read more about the poll here.