-Steve Bullock's off to a pretty good start with the public in his first few months as Governor of Montana. 43% of voters approve of the job he's doing to only 18% who disapprove. Democrats (81/2) are very happy with him while only 47% of Republicans have even formed an opinion about him, suggesting that they're taking a wait and see approach.
Montanans continue to be closely divided on Jon Tester as we found throughout last year's election- 45% both approve and disapprove of him. Barack Obama continues to be unpopular in the state- only 43% of voters are happy with the job he's doing to 55% who give him poor marks.
-As we tend to find in most red states, Montana voters are opposed to gay marriage but supportive of civil union rights for same sex couples. 43% of voters think same sex marriage should be made legal to 49% who think it should continue to be illegal. But 64% of voters favor at least civil unions to only 33% who think there shouldn't be any legal rights for gay couples at all.
-It's a sign of how much Democrats want Hillary Clinton to be their candidate in 2016 that as much as Brian Schweitzer is loved in Montana, 58% still prefer Clinton to 22% for their potential home state candidate. Joe Biden at 9%, Elizabeth Warren at 5%, and Andrew Cuomo at 3% are the only other people we tested to register over 1%. Schweitzer would lead Biden 35/28 if you took Clinton out of the mix, and would get 46% to 18% for Warren and 12% for Cuomo if Biden was out of the mix too.
Full results here