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More than half of the Republicans surveyed voiced disapproval of the Legislature. More than 60 percent of self-identified Tea Party members said they disapproved.

Poll: Dayton approval hits 50%, Legislature at 17%

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Another poll has shown that Gov. Mark Dayton’s approval rating continues to dwarf that of the Legislature at the Capitol.

A KSTP/SurveyUSA poll released Wednesday shows Dayton’s approval rating at 50 percent among all respondents, with 33 percent saying they disapprove of the governor. One in four Republicans approve of Dayton, while nearly three-fourths of Democrats back the governor.

For the the Legislature, the numbers are grim. Overall, its approval rating is at just 17 percent, with a full 65 percent disapproving of the job lawmakers are doing in St. Paul.

Under the top-line numbers, though, the partisan breakdown of the Legislature’s disapproval shows an interesting result. As might be expected, two-thirds of Democrats voiced disapproval at the job the Legislature has done. But independents voiced the strongest disapproval, at 71 percent.

At the same time, more than half of the Republicans surveyed also voiced disapproval of the Legislature. More than 60 percent of self-identified Tea Party members said they disapproved as well.

The new survey echoed results from a Public Policy Polling poll released in late January that showed Dayton’s approval rating at 53 percent. In that poll, 62 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of the Republican majorities at the Capitol.

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