Politicians aren't getting love from MN, says SCSU poll

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. -  The best in politics know better than to fall in love with a poll number, because what goes up must come down over and over again.

A new poll from St. Cloud State University show that Minnesotans aren't giving much love to anyone in Washington; with one exception.

In the poll released this week, 44% of Minnesotans polled said Governor Mark Dayton is doing excellent or pretty good. That's a 9% drop from last year, which political analyst David Schultz says may have something to do with football.

"I think he's getting a lot of blowback on the Vikings stadium," said Schultz, "especially in the financing mechanisms, and I think he's starting to feel some of the repercussions and some of the negative approvals coming off of a deal many people are thinking was not best for state of Minnesota."

Dayton is up for re-election next year, and Schultz says this poll definitely shows he may have a tough race to regain the job.

Also taking a nine percentage point dive is President Barack Obama.

He's only getting a 38% in the excellent or pretty good column. Last year he had 47% in that area.

"It's a combination of the government shutdown, it's Obamacare, but it's also the fact that he's not really able to move his agenda in the second term," Schultz said.

In the Senate Democrat Al Franken shows only a 39% in terms of a pretty good or excellent rating. He too is up for re-election next year. Last time Franken only eked by Norm Coleman in a recount.

His counterpart, however, Senator Amy Klobuchar was the person respondents responded most favorable to.

The poll included something called a warmth factor.

On a scale of 1-100 a person was asked to rate how "warmly" they feel about a politician and those were then averaged. 100 was the warmest, 1 the coldest.

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar got a warmth rating of 66, the highest of any politician respondents were asked about.

The lowest scorer on that warmth scale was Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, scoring only a 31.

The margin of error on this poll is 4.5 %.

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