PPP's newest Minnesota poll finds that if Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016 the state is likely to remain safely blue. She leads all of the top potential Republican candidates by double digits there- it's 47/37 over Chris Christie, 49/39 over Jeb Bush, 50/40 over Mike Huckabee, 49/38 over Rand Paul, and 51/35 over Ted Cruz.
We also tested the pair of Minnesotans who ran for President in 2012. Tim Pawlenty has seen some improvement in his image over the last year. He has a narrowly positive favorability rating at 43/41, compared to a 39/50 spread when we polled last May. He comes the closest of any Republican to Clinton, trailing just 48/42. Michele Bachmann, on the other hand, is as unpopular as ever. She has a 31/56 favorability rating, and trails Clinton by the most of any of the Republicans we tested at 52/35.
Other notes from Minnesota:
-About a year after gay marriage became legal in the state, support for it has hit an all time high in our polling with 52% of voters in favor of it to only 40% who are opposed. In the immediate aftermath of its becoming legal we last year we found 49/45 support. The reason for the increased support may simply be that Minnesotans have found that gay marriage being legal isn't a big deal- 80% say it's either had a positive impact on their life or none at all, with just 20% claiming that it's been a negative thing.