September 1st, 2010
01:37 PM ET
12 years ago

As he considers 2012 bid, Pawlenty takes hit at home

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="A new survey indicates that more than half of Minnesotans do not approve of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's busy out of state travel schedule."]

(CNN) – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is discovering that laying the ground work for a presidential run can take a political toll back home.

According to a new survey from Minnesota Public Radio and the Humphrey Institute, 54 percent of Minnesotans aren't too keen on the governor's frequent out of state trips, which usually include visits to important presidential nominating states. Only 31 percent of voters approve of his busy travel schedule.

In even worse news for Pawlenty, Minnesota Republicans apparently would prefer Mitt Romney as their presidential choice than their own governor.

Stacked up against Romney, Pawlently loses 45-32 percent. In a matchup against Sarah Palin, Pawlenty comes out on top 59-24 percent.

The poll surveyed 750 likely voters between August 25-29 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.

Pawlenty – widely believed to be an all-but-announced presidential candidate, made news Tuesday when he issued an executive order that directs Minnesota state agencies and departments not seek federal grants under the health care measure, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama this spring.

Pawlenty told reporters earlier Tuesday that the new law, which was a top priority for the White House and congressional Democrats, is a "misguided piece of legislation," and added that "anything that I can do to slow down, limit or negate Obamacare, I'm going to try to do it within reason."

Surveys indicate that the health care law is extremely unpopular with Republicans. According to the most recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, 83 percent of Republicans oppose the measure.

Filed under: Poll • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Papasan in AZ

    What the Fascists fear most of all is intelligence.
    Stay stupid America, they love you that way...

    September 1, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Tim

    They keep linin' up new Presidential candidates and they are all laughable, transparent dirtbags with no integrity.

    September 1, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. diridi

    This guy sells this nation to Saudi Arabia like any GOP for may be 12 cents...or 15, at the most....and build ranch in Montana....or WY....

    September 1, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    like all sitting politicians he was eleceted and is PAID to be doing his job not searching for a new one.
    Everybody running ofr office should be make to quit unless they run by only campaigning on weekend and in the evenings like the rest fo us search for jobs.
    We tolerate too much form these people and they have the nerve to ask us to pay to help them get these new jobs on top of their unearned salary!

    September 1, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Brett Favre's Fan (a.k.a. ybs)

    Pawlenty will beat Romney. Two things are against Romney – Mormon; health care w/ ~a public option in MA.

    With his pinky, Obama will T.K.O. Pawlenty! 🙂

    Pawlenty will crawl back to Lake Wobegon, where the men are good looking but bloodied!

    Finally, the Vikes will win the SB!

    These predictions will become facts! Just watch!

    September 1, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Linda from Minnesota

    Worst governor we've ever had. He should resign. I'm no fan of Sarah Palin but at least she had the integrity to resign rather than get paid for not doing her job. Tim Pawlenty has not been working for the people of Minnesota for a very long time now. He has been collecting a paycheck (taxpayer money) but not doing the job. Not sure how he can claim to be a conservative when he's wasting all that taxpayer money by getting paid. I laugh when Pawlenty says President Obama is "clueless". There is no one more clueless than Governor Tim Pawlenty when it comes to the needs of the citizens of Minnesota.

    September 1, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Carol

    I think a lot of Minnesotans feel that Pawlenty has abandoned them to go campaign for other Republicans around the country and to promote himself as a future presidential candidate. His affiliation with Michelle Bachman is what makes me shy away from him as a future president.

    September 1, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    "In a matchup against Sarah Palin Pawlenty comes out on top 59-24 percent,,"

    That does not mean NOTHING!! Any matchup with Pailin will produce the same results – and that includes any Democrat up against her!!

    September 1, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Joe in Indy

    I would rather not have either one of these "typical" windbags as my president. Some people are SOOO predictable and fake. And I'm sick of it!

    Note to the party: DO something versus running your idealistic pie traps! And stop allowing John "BONE HEAD er" and Eric CANT her to put a ring in your nose and ride you around on a bus to nowhere in the name of "conservatism." Screw that! Produce some TANGIBLE results!!!

    If you guys don't get it together, I'll be an Independent next election!

    September 1, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Politicians are always doing less than they are getting paid for, while campaigning for a new job.

    September 1, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. charlie from the North

    If he were my governor I would be in favor of his trips. Every moment a GOPer is gone from power is good for a state.

    September 1, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. TLH

    I voted for Pawlenty - twice. At one time I thought he was a good governor... right of center - but for the people of the state, willing to compromise, willing to listen to all constituents. But when he decided to "try to become" a far right conservative, he lost my support. It doesn't fit him - he's phony. Though he's educated as an atty, he has never demonstrated his accumen for int'l affairs, national-based economic policy, etc. He will say "he never raised taxes" but he imposed "fees" - taxes in sheep's clothing. When he didn't address how to fix tax issues, he walked away and left the matter to local governments who had no choice but to raise property taxes - which have gone up under his watch. So, please everyone, be wary of Pawlenty's run for president. Mitt Romney would be a FAR better choice. We Minnesotan's were warned about Mr. Ventura - that we'd be less than satisfied - and we still voted him in - and we were less than satisfied. Words to the wise.

    September 1, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. shoegazer

    Well,at least he's ahead of Palin.

    September 1, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. jae

    Yo Pawly, here is what is "clueless" calling the president clueless just because he is black and everyone else is doing it, without knowing that, HEY IM THE GOVERNOR OF A STATE, SHOULD I B DOING SOME WORK? NAH, THAT OBAMA GUY IS CLUELESS THAT SOUNDS BETTER. I give more respect to the slave owners in the past because they were not afraid to hide their true feelings and say what is on their mind. they were murders, rapist, and racist, but at least they had the decentcy to come out like a man and say that they were. You, Palin, Grinch, Buck I mean Beck I always want to put a uck after his name, are the worst because you parade around like you care about Americans, when you only care about 1 American, that is White Rich Americans, but you hide behind everything.

    September 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Romney-Palin 2012!

    September 1, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. one voice

    Why compare one GOP with another when they are ALL BAD FOR AMERICA? You want America to be a third world Country with NO MIDDLE CLASS,then vote Republican. You want to have OUR Country move forward from the FAILED POLICIES of the Bush/Cheney RESIME,then vote Democrat. YOUR CHOICE

    September 1, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Texas Kevin

    I don't think we have a true Presidential candidate yet. I think all focus is and should be on Nov. 2. We have too many crooked politians veying for positioning in the Presidential race. Please people do your own homework. Don't rely on CNN or FOX or any other news media for your information. Look at what they stand for and their history of voting on issues that have affected this country possitively and negatively. Somehow we need to be able to hold these people accountable, immediately when and before his vote counts.

    September 1, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. AB Baltimore MD

    In a match-up against Obama, Pawlenty loses 100%-0%. This guy crafted an executive order to reject federal funding for healthcare programs critical for and needed by working and poor Minnesotans. He is not doing his job as governor. He spends too much time parading around the country campaigning for president. I have some advise for you Pawlenty, GIVE IT UP MAN!! YOU DON'T STAND A CHANCE!!

    September 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. D.Larson

    Pawlenty has been a disaster for Minnesota. Our state, which once led the nation in quality of life, health care, and education, is now ranking down with Mississippi and Alabama on many indicators. This rapid decline is due largely to Pawlenty's rigid "no tax" ideology, which has gutter our schools and left the state uncertain about its future. He was elected (twice) only because a 3rd party spoiler pulled votes away from his Democratic challengers. Pawlenty would be a disaster for the country as president; happily people either see through his BS now or at least realize that he's dull as dry toast even if they agree with his "ideas" about policy and economics.

    September 1, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Why is Palin even in the converstation, she is in it to take money from the TEA party with her ignorant speeches.

    September 1, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. JOhn

    83% of republicans think the president is a Muslim and have no idea what teh heatlhcare bill is about. The party got so comfortable with lies and disinformation campaigns they lost site of anyting of value.

    It's a pretty clear message when your base preffers a candidate that has already been confirmed as bad choice by your one party.

    September 1, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Nothing like screwing your own state just so that you can feed your own national ambitions. Bravo governor! Your are sooo selfless... NOT!

    September 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. JK Ashburn, VA

    Neither Pawlenty nor Romney work for me. We need Mitch Daniels to run. He knows what he stands for and is incredibly competent.

    September 1, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. sharon

    oh paw..........les...........................

    pawlnety paw..............les..............stay home

    September 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Shirley in California

    Consider this: take all the misfits and their lies and stack them up against our president and this is the result. Obama is a two-term president against ANY of these unstable troublemakers.

    Romney – loss
    Obama – win

    Palin – BIG loss
    Obama – win

    Pawlenty – BIG loss
    Obama – win

    Gingrich – loss
    Obama – win

    September 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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