More than two thirds of Minnesota voters think that Mark Dayton was the rightful winner of last month’s Gubernatorial election and that it’s time for Tom Emmer to concede.
68% think that Dayton was the true victor to only 21% who think it was Emmer and 11% who aren’t sure. Predictably 95% of Democrats think Dayton won and 72% of independents do as well. What might be more surprising is the numbers with Republicans. Fewer than half- 46%- think Emmer won while 37% think Dayton was actually the winner. Even within his own party there isn’t a particularly strong sentiment that Emmer really won.
The numbers on whether Emmer should concede are nearly identical. 68% think it’s time for him to give up while 22% believe he should fight on and 10% aren’t sure. What might be most noteworthy about these numbers is how they compare to an April 2009 poll PPP conducted on whether it was time for Norm Coleman to concede. 63% thought it was time for him to let it go while 37% thought he should fight on, for a 26 point margin in favor of concession. This time around there is a 46 point margin in favor of concession, and this is four months earlier in the process than when the Senate poll was conducted.
The protracted fight over who won the Governor’s race isn’t doing Emmer’s image any favors. 49% of voters in the state have an unfavorable opinion of him to only 37% with a positive one. It’s no surprise that Democrats are pretty universally negative toward Emmer, giving him a 4/86 favorability rating. But independents are overwhelmingly negative as well with only 30% saying they have a positive opinion of him.
At this point it's pretty clear that everyone who didn't vote for Emmer- and a fair number who did- think that Dayton won and it's time for Emmer to drop it. Whether he cares or not is a different issue.
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