Brian Schweitzer's tenure as Governor is coming to a close but Montanans are open to voting for him again in the near future if the opportunity presents itself.
Schweitzer continues to be one of the more popular Governors in the country with a 52% approval rating to 36% of voters who disapprove of him. He's maintaining strong numbers as a Democrat in the GOP leaning state because of majority support from independents (53/34) and a decent amount of crossover approval with Republicans (24%).
If Schweitzer wanted to run for the Senate in 2014 he would start out ahead in a hypothetical primary contest with Max Baucus, 48-37. Baucus is still being plagued by the enmity he generated on the left over the health care bill- Democrats describing themselves as 'very liberal' would support Schweitzer by a 63-31 margin in the primary.
Baucus has actually seen some improvement in his approval numbers over the last five months though. 42% of voters approve of him to 46% who disapprove. That -4 spread is up 10 points from -14 at 37/51 when we polled Montana in late November. Baucus' improvement has come largely with Democrats, who he's up to a 75/15 approval rating with. It's just a testament to Schweitzer's transcendent popularity that he would be able to win a primary over a fellow party member with a 75% approval rating.
Finally we looked at gay marriage in the state. Voters think it should be illegal by a 48/41 margin, but those numbers represent an increase in support compared to last November when the spread was 51/37. 64% of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples- either gay marriage or civil unions- to only 32% who are opposed to any.
Full results here