Governor Tim Pawlenty and Attorney General Mike Hatch are tied in what is shaping up as a classic bread and butter campaign, according to a survey of 1,023 Minnesota voters in the week following the primary. Why the Governor is not in the lead is the big question. He enjoys a number of advantages including high approval ratings and voter satisfaction with the state’s direction and the respect of voters for his handling of the economy. What was expected to be his big liability – the unpopularity of President George Bush – is surprisingly not a factor. Instead, the Governor finds himself locked in a draw because voters are preoccupied with education and health care and Hatch enjoys a commanding advantage on these issues. The survey was conducted between September 13 and 18, 2006. (Primary elections were held on September 12th.)
Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, UMN
Jacobs, Lawrence; Miller, Joanne.
Gubernatorial Toss Up in Bread and Butter Campaign.
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