September 29th, 2009
12:54 PM ET
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Poll: Minnesotans split on Pawlenty White House bid

The poll indicates that 30 percent of Minnesota voters want Pawlenty to make a bid for the presidency, with 55 percent saying they don't want him to run.
The poll indicates that 30 percent of Minnesota voters want Pawlenty to make a bid for the presidency, with 55 percent saying they don't want him to run.

(CNN) – A new poll suggests Minnesotans don't want their two term governor to run for the White House in 2012. But if Tim Pawlenty does win the next GOP presidential nomination, a Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune survey released Tuesday says about half those questioned would consider voting for him.

The poll indicates that 30 percent of Minnesota voters want Pawlenty to make a bid for the presidency, with 55 percent saying they don't want him to run. But if Pawlenty does run for the White House and ends up winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, one out of four say there's a good chance they'd vote for him, with another one in four saying there was at least some chance they'd cast a ballot for their current governor. According to the survey, 43 percent said there was no chance they'd vote for Pawlenty for president.

Pawlenty's announcement earlier this year that he would not run next year for a third term as Minnesota governor was considered by many political analysts to be a sign that he's considering a bid for the White House. Since then, Pawlenty has been very visible, speaking out against the Obama Administration and appearing at a number of Republican and conservative conferences. He also became vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Pawlenty adviser Alex Conant tells CNN it's far too premature to discuss 2012 and says Pawlenty is focusing on finishing his term as governor and helping elect conservatives in 2010.

But Conant added "the fact that half of the voters in a liberal leaning state like Minnesota would consider voting for a conservative like Pawlenty is a real testament to his strong record as governor."

The poll suggests that 49 percent of Minnesotans approve of the job Pawlenty's doing as governor. That's up slightly from earlier this year but down from a year ago, when his approval rating stood at 54 percent.

The Star Tribune survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on September 21-24, with 1,000 Minnesota adults questioned by telephone. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Filed under: CNN Polls • Tim Pawlenty • White House
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Gov Pawlenty is not fit to be a candidate for president. Any politician who would allow their state to be without a voice in th US Senate as long as the "Franken Incident" went on has proven he will put political interests ahead of the people. He looks like a preppy little twit anyway.

    September 29, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. unshrub

    This article is very misleading. This article says that MN is split about voting for Pawlenty because 1 in 4 said there is some chance they would vote for him but only 1/4 said they will vote for him. Some chance means that there is a greater chance they will not vote for him, which would imply that 3 out of 4 MN would not vote for him. Look at it this way, the sky is clear and there isn't a cloud for 500 miles, but there is still a chance, maybe 1 out of 100 that it might rain. That does not make it likely that it will rain, but this is how CNN is reporting this news. It seems like the news is already trying to make the next presidential race competitive. They really want to make it sound like Obama is going to loose. CNN and the other news keeps playing up the right and how many supporters they really have, when in fact the outspoken right is really a small group of people. They could only muster up 70,000 protesters in Washington. They should be embarrassed by such a low turnout.

    September 29, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Josh

    Mr. Pawlenty, You are next in the line to be kicked out in the next election. If you have anything new, speak out or keep quite.......Keep in mind Minnnnesota is a " BLUE STATE "..................

    September 29, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. HJA

    He'e got one big problem to overcome.

    He's a Republican. And we all know how trustworthy those clowns are.

    September 29, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. SayWhat

    Sounds like the Governor does not even have the support of the people of Minnesota. I guess if you are not currently in jail, indicted or in the midst of a very public affair, you are a viable GOP presidential candidate.

    September 29, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Simmy

    His supporters are of the teabag variety.......Everybody else has the intelligence to change direction......

    September 29, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Hugo

    Anyone short of a Hugo Chavez would be better than what we have now! I can't recall in my 50 some odd years as to ever seeing anything in our Government quite this far out of control, and that does include the Vietnam War years and the Jimmy Carter depression. As much as I despise the Clintons, Hillary was right, Obama was not ready for prime time!

    September 29, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. wendy

    No thanks. I lived in MN for 40 years. He would embarass us as much as Jessie Ventura. Ask him what he new about the 35W bridge condition prior to it's crumbling!!! His decision or lack of decision resulted in many deaths. He is spineless and holds not Presidential leadership skills that I have witnessed. The GOP is so desperate to find a potential candidate that isn't over 60 years old. They are reaching out to Tim. Ask Minnesota what they think about the job he is doing. Ask the rural communities what he has done for them. Or just stop a child attending a public school and find out how munch they can't do because of budget cut decisions.

    September 29, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. S M R

    President Obama will win in another LANDSLIDE VICTORY IN 2012.

    September 29, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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