Barack Obama's approval rating in Minnesota has dropped six points since April, but that doesn't mean voters are responding too positively to some of his Republican alternatives.
54% of voters in the state now give Obama good marks, with 39% saying they disapprove of his job performance. That's down from a 60/30 spread when PPP last polled it in April. Obama has maintained all of his popularity with Democrats but has seen a small drop in his support among independents and a significant one with Republicans. Where before 23% of voters in the opposing party thought he was doing a good job, now just 12% do.
Obama nevertheless fares very well when pitted in hypothetical contests against Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin.
Against Pawlenty Obama leads 51-40, a margin that would actually exceed what he won against John McCain in the state last fall. Pawlenty's approval has also declined since we polled the state in April, and a slight plurality now disapprove of his job performance by a margin of 48/44. Previously he had a positive 46/40 spread. Perhaps the key finding within these numbers is that only 6% of respondents who approve of Obama said they would vote for Pawlenty against him. That's not much of a home field advantage for the Governor.
Against Palin Obama leads 56-35, which would be the most lopsided Presidential result in the state since Lyndon Johnson's landslide against Barry Goldwater in 1964. 53% of voters have an unfavorable opinion of Palin to 39% viewing her positively. Obama has an 18 point lead among independents in the contest and also holds Palin to just 75% of the vote within her own party, a pretty good indication that some Republicans are skeptical of her as a potential occupant of the White House.
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