September 29th, 2009
12:54 PM ET
5 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. Enlightened Voter

    No person in their right mind would consider voting any republican as President. President Obama is doing a wonderful job cleaning up the rethuglican mess.

    September 29, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Steve from Florida

    Both Pawlenty and Crist are idiots!

    They should pair up...and I do mean pair up! Crist only married that woman for electability reasons....

    September 29, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Minnesota Liberal

    So Pawlenty comes in and craps on the state for two terms–including blowing up a huge surplus while still scrapping school funding but building a stadium for the twins–and then says he wants to run for president? Good luck, TIm, you need it.

    September 29, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    After the way republicans destroyed this country I wouldn't vote them in as dog catcher for a day!

    September 29, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Is Conant crazy...a liberal state supporting a conservative? er, isn't he already the guv of that liberal state..and more than none don't want him to run and would not vote for him in his own HOME state...The title of the article should be: Alex Conant tries to make a point and fails

    September 29, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. Won't Work

    Note to GOPers:

    The Obama Team has not changed. We love our president and we are ready and able to get back out there and fight for his re-election. So bring on the plastic guys, the Romneys, the Pawlentys, the What-His-Face in Louisiana-–it won't work.

    September 29, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Gary

    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.

    Thats not a split, thats a landlside. Even your own State doesn't want you.
    Now Timmy, go stand on the other side of the gym with little Sarah, baby Bobby and little Newty. You aren't gonna get picked on the team.

    September 29, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Viking Fan

    The way Pawlenty has passed the state budget problems to the next Governor and the great people of Mn. he does not stand a chance here in 2012. The projected budget shortfall by then will by about 7 Billion dollars thanks to his quick fixes and gimmicks .

    September 29, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Emma

    Pawlenty, Romney, Huckabee, Palin – none are the true sweethearts of the Republican Party and the Independents do not prefer them either.

    Charlie Crist and the Republicans will believe Obama will experience a huge defeat in 2012 as long as this is what gives them comfort. There is no current evidence to support this belief.

    September 29, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Pawlenty? Isn't that the soft rubbery yellow stuff they're always pretending is so yummy on the food channel?

    September 29, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. JonDie

    Tim Pawlenty = Sarah Palin with pants = a big ZERO

    September 29, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Pawlenty? Isn't that the soft rubbery yellow stuff they're always pretending is so yummy on the food channel?

    IN any case, it seem to be what this guy has between his ears.

    September 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Minnesota

    Pawlenty is ALL about BORROW-AND-SPEND!!! Don't do it folks! Remember what the GOP did to our nation since Clinton left office? Well, this guy has balanced 70% of Minnesota's State budget on future revenues and "fee" increases. ONLY 30% of what he has in our budget is paid for. He did this to help funnel as much money as possible to the wealthiest 5% in Minnesota. Gutting social programs and what used to be one of the best educational States in the U.S.

    Don't do it people. He is Bush all over again. Won't pay for the money he gives back to the rich and the expense of our futures.

    September 29, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Alex

    When times got tough in Minnesota, Pawlenty turned his back on the most vulnerable part of the population. He cut state funding to education and mental health services. Instead of even considering raising taxes on the wealthiest, he spit in the face of the poorest and struggling. Typical Republican and that's why Minnesotan's aren't sorry to see him go, nor would they vote for him.

    September 29, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. blusky

    Put him in the Palin/M.Bauchman sack and with just one toss its three under the bus /all loosers /all failures .

    September 29, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Casual Observer

    STOP YOUR POLITICAL POSTURING,,you all know Sara P is the one running in 1012

    September 29, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. mary from minnesota

    Pretty low stats for a hometown boy. We know why – he has sacrificed health care, child care, roads, bridges and schools – as well as the middle calss – in his sancamonious stance for "no new taxes." Shifting the burden – for these are costs that won't disappear – caused harm across the state. We Minnesotans would wisely not allow him to win our state in a potential Presedential run.

    September 29, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. We Won Get Over It

    AND any poll taken of us Minnesotans saying Phewlenty would win the nomination had to be taken in Minneapolis and the surrounding county. They are the only ones in Minnesota that approve of this hack.

    He has done to Minnesota what bush did to this country. And goodness knows how in Hades he won the last election. People are still asking how how how....to come from behind with such a defeating count to gain the lead in Minneapolis and the surrounding county. Didn't even think that many people lived there.

    September 29, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Jeffer65

    We have politicians who are constantly running for office. Does anyone actually govern anymore? 2012 is a few years away, a lot can happen before then.

    September 29, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. juli

    Please Minnesota stay with your blue roots.

    September 29, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Mike in MN

    A Minnesota poll just out yesterday shows Obama's approval rating down to 51% in the state. Looks like Minnesota may be open to looking at someone other than Obama in 2012. Pawlenty would be a great choice and will look even better by the time 2012 rolls along.

    September 29, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Dieter Zerressen

    Oooh, one out of four of your current constituents say they would vote for you. Wow, that's some endorsement. I've seen higher numbers for worse governors where the folks wanted him to run for higher office just to get him out of the state.

    September 29, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. cjr

    Tim and Sarah – a winning ticket for 2012. hope reublicans run them – another landslide for Obama!

    September 29, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Tim looks like the kid with the banjo from Deliverance. He makes Bush look smart!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. Barbara Independent in NY

    After seeing and hearing Gov. Pawlenty play to the the right wing fringe, the real question is will the rest of America vote for him? I know that I won't be voting for him. I don't care what he does between now and 2012, he's shown his true colors. Loser.

    September 29, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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