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More than half of Minnesotans approve of the job being done by Gov. Mark Dayton, according to a new poll released by SurveyUSA. Among registered voters surveyed, 56 percent indicated support for Dayton's performance, compared to 33 percent who expressed disapproval.

SurveyUSA poll: Dayton, gay marriage get high marks

Gov. Mark Dayton (staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

More than half of Minnesotans approve of the job being done by Gov. Mark Dayton, according to a new poll released by SurveyUSA. Among registered voters surveyed, 56 percent indicated support for Dayton’s performance, compared to 33 percent who expressed disapproval.

State legislators earned significantly lower marks, with just 21 percent of respondents indicating support for their job performance, compared to 67 percent expressing disapproval.

Public dollars for a Minnesota Vikings stadium received mixed marks. But paying for the facility with gambling proceeds — the route ultimately chosen by the Legislature — received backing from 55 percent of respondents.

The SurveyUSA numbers also contained positive news for opponents of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Slightly more than half of respondents indicated that they agree with President Barack Obama‘s stance in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, while 42 percent indicated disapproval. Minnesota voters will decide in November whether to adopt the constitutional amendment.

Obama looks like a strong favorite to win Minnesota again in 2012. He defeats likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney by a 52 to 38 percent margin, according to the poll.

SurveyUSA polled 516 registered voters on May 9 and 10.  The survey had a margin of error of slightly more than plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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