A new Rasmussen Poll says 38 percent of those polled would support Gov. Pawlenty if he were to win the GOP nomination for president in 2012. That's down four points from a similar poll in November. Nearly half also say his potential run for president has had a negative impact on his job as governor.
His overall job approval is at 49 percent.
This is the second poll in the past week that showed Pawlenty receiving approval ratings below fifty percent and shows fewer than forty percent want him to run for president in 2012. Pawlenty has not ruled out a run for the White House. (Survey USA released a poll last week).
Pawlenty is in Florida this weekend. He spoke to the Minnesota Club in Naples this morning and will spend time with his family this weekend. He'll be raising money for the Republican Governors Association in Orlando on Monday.
The poll also shows that DFL Sen. Amy Klobuchar continues to get high marks among Minnesotans. Her job approval is at 67 percent. DFL Sen. Al Franken's job approval is at 50 percent.
You can read the full poll here.
Here's a look at who will be on this weekend's public policy shows...
This week on Almanac... Mary Lahammer has the latest on a very busy week at the capitol... Cathy and Eric chat with Tom Horner and Rob Hahn, the two top Independence Party candidates for Governor... and we introduce you to the author of the new book "Ojibwe in Minnesota."
WCCO's Sunday Morning:
President of Mpls NAACP, Booker T. Hodges, on his open letter in the Star Tribune. Hamline Political Science Professor David Schultz to talk about Governor's Race, Dileep Rao, Carlson School of Management, Author of Bootstrap to Billions, new book on local entrepreneurs.
KSTP's At Issue:
We'll have Roger Sit from the MN Military Appreciation Fund...along with an award recipient from the Guard. Also Blois Olson, David Strom, Sarah Janecek and Cathie Hartnett.
FACE THE NATION:
TOPIC: HEALTH CARE: DOWN TO THE WIRE GUESTS: Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary; Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee; Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida; Karen Ignagni, President, Americas Health Insurance Plans
FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Guests: Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, former senior White House adviser Karl Rove, author, "Courage & Consequence and Fox News contributor.
MEET THE PRESS - Guests: Senior White House adviser David Axelrod; House Democratic Whip James Clyburn (D.-S.C.); Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.); former presidential adviser Karl Rove.
Republicans in the Minnesota House are quietly urging Gov. Pawlenty to line-item veto the bonding bill to roughly $250 million dollars. That's a $750 million cut to the bill. 44 of the 47 members of the Legislature signed a letter to the governor requesting the cuts. "It doesn't just need to slim down, it needs fiscal liposuction. We urge you to use your line-item veto and trim this bill down - not just a little bit, by several hundred million dollars..."
Republicans Mark Buesgens and Tom Emmer, who's running for governor, didn't sign the letter because they want the governor to veto the entire bill. They sent a different letter.
Republican Morrie Lanning of Moorhead didn't sign either letter.
MPR has a full story on the issue here.