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Ventura Performance Poll - July 2000
July 13, 2000
Poll Results | Poll Methodology | Story | "The Body's Politics"

Ventura Job Performance

Poll Date Excellent Good Fair Poor Undecided
December '98 14% 55% 12% 3% 16%
April '99 12% 45% 24% 2% 17%
July '99 11% 45% 35% 8% 1%
October '99 7% 36% 31% 25% 1%
February '00 9% 43% 28% 18% 2%
July '00 14% 42% 30% 13% 1%

QUESTION: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Governor Ventura is a needed breath of fresh air in state government.

Option State Men Women
Agree 62% 65% 59%
Disagree 31% 27% 35%
Not Sure 7% 8% 6%

QUESTION: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Governor Ventura is an embarrassment to the state.

Option State Men Women
Agree 30% 22% 38%
Disagree 63% 72% 54%
Not Sure 7% 6% 8%

QUESTION: Some people have criticized Governor Ventura for spending too much time on money-making activities outside his duties as governor. Do you agree or disagree with those critics?

Option State Men Women
Agree 37% 30% 44%
Disagree 57% 66% 48%
Not Sure 6% 4% 8%

QUESTION: How would you rate the performance of the Minnesota State Legislature during the 2000 legislative session:excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?

Option State Men Women
Excellent 2% 1% 3%
Good 39% 29% 49%
Fair 43% 44% 42%
Poor 14% 24% 4%
Undecided 2% 2% 2%

QUESTION: As you may know, the recent Minnesota legislative session ended with disagreements between legislators and Governor Ventura. Who do you think deserves better marks for their performance during this year's session: Governor Ventura or the Legislature?

Option State Men Women
Governor 41% 49% 33%
Legislature 34% 27% 41%
Both Good 8% 7% 9%
Both Bad 7% 10% 4%
Undecided 10% 7% 13%

The Mason-Dixon Minnesota Poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from July 6 through July 8, 2000. A total of 620 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they regularly vote in state elections.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges were utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus four percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

This survey also includes and over-sampling of 304 likely Democratic primary voters statewide. This over-sampling was only on the questions related to the Democratic primary election, and not on those regarding the general election. The margin for error on the Democratic primary sample is plus or minus six percent.

Sample Figures:
Men 304 (49%)
Women 316 (51%)

Region Interviews
Minneapolis/St. Paul 346 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 72 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 64 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 67 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 71 interviews

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