The Star Tribune “Minnesota Poll” has declared Minnesota tied on the Obamacare issue:
About 46 percent of the state’s likely voters say they support keeping the Affordable Care Act, whose main tenets were largely upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer, while 47 percent believe the law should go.
As always when dealing with any polls – especially polls with records of dishonesty as long as the Strib’s -http://www.startribune.com/local/171271561.html. The Strib’s, in case you’ve forgotten, is 41% Democrat, 28% Republican – which, as I showed yesterday, is more Democrat-leaning than the 1976 post-Watergate, post-Nixon-pardon election, the post-war nadir of GOP fortunes.
As a bipartisan sampling – liberal Hamline poli-sci professor Dave Schultz and I – both agree, the sample is more like 38% DFL, 34% GOP. Since 80% of DFLers (according to the Minnesota Poll) support the amendment, that means you deduct 80% of 3 points – 2.4 – from the “support” column. Likewise, 90% of the six additional points of Republicans – 5.4% – support repeal.
With those assumptions – a more realistic turnout model and those levels of support – the “repeal” case is really more like 52-44.
It looks like the MInnesota Poll is building up to the Senate Race.