-It's yet another sign of how overwhelming the desire is among Democrats for Hillary Clinton to be their Presidential candidate in 2016 that she's polling at 52% in Montana despite the presence of potential home state contender Brian Schweitzer. Schweitzer gets 17% with Joe Biden at 9%, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren at 3%, and no one else over 1%.
Schweitzer would be more viable than Clinton in a general election though. He leads Chris Christie 42/41 and Jeb Bush 48/41 in hypothetical match ups in the state. Clinton meanwhile ties Bush at 45 and trails Christie 45/40.
The top choice of Republican voters in the state for their candidate is actually Rand Paul though. He gets 21% to 13% for Bush, 12% for Christie and Ted Cruz, 10% for Marco Rubio, 9% for Paul Ryan, 6% for Bobby Jindal, 3% for Susana Martinez, and 1% for Rick Santorum.
-Montana voters still don't support gay marriage, but they're moving strongly in that direction. In 2011 we found that voters opposed it by a 14 point margin, with 37% in favor and 51% against. The margin has shifted 8 points in favor since then and now 42% of voters support it with only 48% opposed. Voters under 45 in the state support gay marriage by a wide margin, including 61/30 with those under 30. On the broader issue of legal rights for same sex couples, 71% of voters in the state at least support civil unions with just 27% opposed to any sort of legal recognition.
-Studies show that Montana has one of the top 5 highest levels of gun ownership in the country, but voters in the state nevertheless strongly support expanded background checks 58/35. Independents support expanded background checks by the same 58/35 spread as the overall number.
-Montana Grizzlies fans outnumber Montana State Bobcats fans 39/31. There's a big partisan divide on college sports loyalties in the state with Democrats preferring Montana 53/27 but Republicans going for Montana State 36/29.
-And finally in this week's edition of frivolous PPP pop culture polling, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby name choice is not playing well in middle America. Just 9% of voters support the name 'North West' to 22% who are opposed. Most voters though- 69%- don't have an opinion one way or the other.
Full results here