The second part of our South Dakota poll tomorrow will show that while John Thune is very popular, voters in the state don't want him to run for President.
That's becoming a theme in the home states of the potential second tier 2012 GOP hopefuls:
-In July we found that despite a 55% approval rating only 27% of Louisiana voters wanted Bobby Jindal to run for President, with 61% opposed to the idea. Among people who liked the job he was doing as Governor just 46% wanted him to go for the White House.
-In September a Star Tribune poll in Minnesota found only 30% of voters there hoping Tim Pawlenty would make a run with 55% opposed.
-Our South Dakota poll finds that Thune's approval rating is 57%, but that only 28% of voters hope he'll make a bid for President with 55% opposed. Among people happy with his performance in the Senate only 43% want him to go for it.
There aren't a lot of popular politicians out there these days, so I guess the states that have them want their officials to keep on working on behalf of the state instead of trying to go national.