September 29th, 2009
12:54 PM ET
9 years ago

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. Jay T.

    Minnesota has been blue longer than any other state. And, I'm assuring you they aren't changing that for this guy. I don't care what his history with Minnesota. The Republicans are struggling to find someone to compete, a key fact they leave out of their Obama predictions.

    September 29, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Young independent

    thats bad when you can't even win over a majority in your own state good luck running!!! Does he know his state is blue!

    September 29, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Isn't Pawlenty the governor who ran on a promise to lower taxes? Did just that and a bridge in St. Paul/Minn. collapsed, leaving 13 dead and over 70 wounded, all sacrificed on the altar of lower taxes.

    September 29, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Jon

    Pawlenty is not popular here in Minnesota and has absolutely no chance of becoming president.

    September 29, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. LAW

    since he has been snuggling up to the wackier fringe of the Republicans, I'd say he and Bachmann can both wave bye bye now. I used to think he was a fairly sensible person, but lately? not so much.

    September 29, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. Zach K

    If Pawlenty can't even win his own state in the primaries, how can he ever win a crucial state in the election.

    Not as it matters anyways, the GOP has NO Good Candidate.

    September 29, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. JOEMAC1

    Those Republicans. If Pawlenty is the best that they can do, "I pity the fools". This guy is a lightweight at best. No integrity either. Pawlenty, Huckabuck, palin, etc. Not a good candidate amonst them.

    September 29, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Irma in North Caroliina

    If the republicans dont change their ways in the near future i dont think there is much chance of any of them ever winning any kind of election. They better throw out some better candiates then what they have now. It is probably one of their own kind who put the poll thing on face book about the president or one of Sarahs people.

    September 29, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Jane/Seattle

    THE GOP is just about Obsolete unless Americans are still into sado-masochism! I can see through these "Masters of War" (Bob Dylan) "...just like I see through the water that runs down my drain..." Why don't you all just go home ans spend your stolen money and stop looting this World's Treasury? We are ON to YOU all! Peace

    September 29, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Video Guy

    Ask Minnesota School Teacher what they think of Timmy.
    Minnesota is so in the Red, that North Dakota cannot bail them out.

    September 29, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Jacob


    he only has half of his state behind him, but wants the rest of the country to vote him into office?

    September 29, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. gd

    republicans trying to find new leader is rush stepping down

    September 29, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Lisa P

    Pretty lukewarm support from the people who ought to know Pawlenty best. Maybe they're noticing that their supposedly moderate Governor has been saying a lot of whacko right-wing things lately. Trying to appeal to "the base" I suppose; Pawlenty seems to forget that Minnesotans have higher standards than that.

    September 29, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. J-STIZLE ( Oakland, Calif. )

    Pawlenty can run if he wants to. But he'll just be wasting his money ( and others ). President Obama is going to win again. The Republicans don't have a strong enough candidate to defeat him.
    And thats a problem that the Republicans can't solve. America has changed ( demographically ). It ain't the same America as in 1976.
    Get over it !!!!! Theres no retreating to the past.

    September 29, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |

    yet another rich, old, white dude.

    Y A W N.


    September 29, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Busy Mom in MN

    Pawlenty has been very partisan during his terms as governor (which he ONLY won because we tend to have a strong Independent party here which takes votes away from any Democratic candidate) and has left MN with a large deficit that he has no interest in dealing with. There was recently a bi-partisan brain-storming session attended by former governors - two of which were former GOP governors - that Pawlenty wouldn't even show up for since he was too busy jockeying for the 2012 nomination to bother governing the state. Maybe he should just quit like Palin so that somebody can govern here and help our state deal with the economic downturn and deficit. In addition to building up the deficit, Pawlenty threw 35,000 Minnesotans off of their healthcare and caused property taxes to skyrocket by cutting of ffunding to cities and towns. Nobody who understands what he has done here wants him anywhere near the Presidency.

    September 29, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. TCM

    Wow....amazing how biased the "keeper," of the comments is on the Charlie Crist article....quickly splash up 200+ pro-Obama if he's still winning the popular vote...NEWSFLASH ! His popularity is sinking because he's a total incompetent Chicago thug. Crist is right on the money; Obama has already lost big, and the ousting in 2012 will be a formality. What's truly a shame is he'll collect a pension for life, and that evil-doer whitehater wife will be supported by hardworking tax dollars...

    September 29, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. doolindalton

    Pawlenty isn't nearly radical or nutty enough to run for the Republican nomination for President. I don't recall him denouncing socialism, speaking at a crackpot tea party rally, questioning Obama's citizenship or dwelling tirelessly on the 2nd amendment during his media appearances. I bet Glenn Beck doesn't even have his cell number. What chance does he have? He needs to observe his fellow Minnesotan, Michelle Bachman, carefully if he wants to win over the typical Republican.

    September 29, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    T-Paw doesn't stand a chance. He will pay the consequences for letting the Minnesota senate race drag on for as long as it did.

    September 29, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. HAREN

    Don't talk about american people want this and that.
    Remember they are not with republican.

    September 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Mark Mulhall

    If Pawlenty runs I hope he grabs Michele Bachmann for VP–they make a cute couple.

    Pawlenty quit on Catholicism. I'll pass on Pawlenty.

    September 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. Danielle

    Maybe the people of Minnesota haven’t forgotten about the 35W bridge. I know I haven’t, I lived one block from it and used it every day while attending the University of Minnesota. That bridge was deteriorating as Pawlenty vetoed road construction bills. If he’s the best bet the GOP has for 2012 they might as well take Palin as a serious candidate too.

    September 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. I Support President Obama!

    You have to be seriously deranged to vote a republican in office for ANYTHING. They have proven they cannot lead and will destroy whatever they touch.

    September 29, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Reformed Republican

    Minnesota – The land of wild-eyed citizens that continue to elect the likes of Gov. Pencil-neck here and "Bombastic" Bachmann.

    Given the stupidity of their GOP leanings and choice in elected officials, the voters of Minnesota should be given intellegence tests at the polls before they are allowed to vote...

    September 29, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. Not Good For America

    I'm not split–send him packing. He's just as plastic as Romney.

    September 29, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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