The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, which is part of the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, has a new poll out on the Guv race, and it’s full of bad news for Republican incumbent Tim Pawlenty.
The Humphrey poll finds DFL Attorney General Mike Hatch leading by 45-39 percent, with Independence-ite Peter Hutchinson at nine percent and seven percent undecided.
The survey of 663 likely voters was conducted October 23-28, and has a 3.8 margin of error.
The full writeup, which should be on the CSPG’s website tomorrow, finds that Hatch has gained ground since September, fewer voters identify themselves as Republicans, fewer approve of Pawlenty’s performance, fewer think the state is on the right track. Even on personal characteristics, which was supposed to be where the likeable Pawlenty would shine, respondents prefer Hatch.