Published September 01, 2010
A majority of Minnesota voters don't want to see their governor in the Oval Office, according to a new poll.
A Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll released Wednesday showed that 53 percent of those surveyed would probably not vote for Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty for president even if he won the 2012 presidential primary.
Further, they picked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as their preferred Republican nominee by 45-32 percent.
The poll showed that state voters are disappointed with Pawlenty's out-of-state campaigning. Fifty-four percent of the 750 likely voters surveyed disapprove of his national political activity.
The poll had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.
Minnesota's governor fared better when pitted against former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in 2012.
The poll gave Pawlenty a wide 59-24 percent lead over Palin among the Minnesota voters.
Pawlenty told MPR he considers Romney a frontrunner because of his name recognition and campaign organization.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.