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MN: 42% Emmer, 41% Dayton, 9% Horner (Rasmussen 9/22)

Topics: Minnesota , poll

Rasmussen
9/22/10; 500 likely voters, 4.5% margin of error
Mode: Automated phone
(Rasmussen release)

Minnesota

2010 Governor
42% Emmer (R), 41% Dayton (D), 9% Horner (i) (chart)

 

Comments
Farleftandproud:

I'm not shopping at Target for years upon years after they gave money to Emmer. For the record he has connections to Christian organizations who condemn homosexuals. The boycott has worked well nationally, and either Horner is more liberal than we expected or Rasmussen did a bad poll. Pawlenty was fairly rational and mainstream, but Emmer seems out of place in MN. Fight Franken Fight! Don't let them screw up your state like they want to do everywhere else.

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me.yahoo.com/a/REF6S0ZjruJNLMmtFB0ftgY96AzZ8ZeiYQ--:

i love Target. I'll make up for what you don't buy!:)

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Field Marshal:

I as well. Walmart too since libies have this anti-Walmart fetish.

And go Emmer! Dayton is a nut!

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Louis:

You can make up for what i buy tto. if you want their cheap crap you can have it.

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Gopherguy:

This is definitely a tight race. However, Rasmussen is underestimating Horner's support. It has the entire cycle. Horner will garner 15, give or take 3 points, and he's pulling Republicans. So, take that for what you will. The last Survey USA poll is more likely where the race stands in my estimation.

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tjampel:

I agree that voters will not be hesitant to vote for Horner. It's a tradition in MN that has of course resulted in "Jessie The Body" Ventura running the state for a few years. It played a huge role in Al Franken's victory as well last cycle.

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Bukama:

I prefer Target to Walmart. But wasn't it Target that Christian groups boycotted a few years back because they disallowed Salvation Army bell ringers at their stores? I don't think boycotts accomplish much in general. The vast majority of people simply want the best products at the lowest price they can afford - it's human nature.

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me.yahoo.com/a/REF6S0ZjruJNLMmtFB0ftgY96AzZ8ZeiYQ--:

a handful of people boycotting won't do jack to a multi-billion dollar company. there stock is up about 1.40 right now!

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niikeb:

Most people shop because of prices quality and service. A rabid 0.1% of the pop probably shops based on political donations. And I doubt they shop much in Target anyway.

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Field Marshal:

Agreed niikeb. They would rather shop at local chains or chains that are GREAT at marketing (i.e. Whole Foods) and pay twice the price for the same product. No skin off my back.

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Bob in SJ:

@ FM

Re whole foods, it depends on the product. It's the only place in my area that I can find Quinoa Pasta.

Generally, I try to buy food from farmer's markets, and I buy eggs that are cage free, to, you know, avoid the salmonella.

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Field Marshal:

I buy cage free as well and Target does sell them along with the local grocery stores. I actually got salmonella once. Not fun.

I analyze companies and the products they sell all day long and it amazing how easily deceived most people are by marketing specialists. I would venture to guess slightly more than half of all products sold in Whole Foods are sold in regular grocery store chains just under a different name- and of course they charge 40% more in Whole Foods. Specialty pastas like Quinoa are a different story.

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Bob in SJ:

@ FM

That's why they call it whole paycheck. They have an excellent beer selection though, stuff I can't find anywhere else.

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me.yahoo.com/a/REF6S0ZjruJNLMmtFB0ftgY96AzZ8ZeiYQ--:

some people can't afford to go to specialty stores and farmers markets. Often, Target and Walmart are the only answers. When I get a better paying job I'll move on up.

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Thaddeus:

It's interesting to see republicans, especially businesses, this year stuck in a place of voting for their best interests or for the candidate that has a chance. The medical association just endorsed Horner up here as Emmer has said he's holding education "harmless" which means the majority of his cuts are coming from health, higher ed and local aid. thirty percent cuts to that 60% of the budget. Gonna hammer hospitals, nursing homes, infrastructure investments and business are a bit scared. While Horner raises revenues it is in fairly business friendly ways.

I do love the number of debates the candidates have been doing, for national folks, I think they have had almost 15 debates already and have another 10 or so scheduled. Refreshing to at least have politicians that are willing to talk to voters.

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Bob in SJ:

@me.yahoo

I think that there's a common misconception that farmer's markets are more expensive. I often find items there that are cheaper than stores, and many take food stamps these days too. The issue is access, such as in low income neighborhoods where the only place to buy food is at liquor stores, where the mark-up is far higher.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"Walmart too since libies have this anti-Walmart fetish."

I worked for Wal-Mart for 3 years and moved up fairly quickly. I quit when they offered me a salaried management position (supervisors and dept. mgrs are hourly). I refused to treat people like shit for a living.

They are a terrible company. My store had a modest decrease in annual sales from $90 million to $87.5 million one year and their answer was to lay off a couple dozen workers and reduce everyone else's hours significantly. I suggested raising the price of certain junk food items by 3 cents, that would have more than covered the salaries of those workers. We were already undercutting our competitors on those items. Pricing things 13 cents lower, rather than 10 cents lower, than the competition was more important than saving jobs. Also, management bonuses were NEVER brought up as something that could be to save money for hours.

That is only one example of their crappyness. Target isn't much better, but they're a little better. The whole retail sector is pretty bad. There are some decent ones. Whole foods gives its employers health insurance they can actually afford.

Walmart says that many of their workers are covered, but they fail to mention a lot of that is medicaid.

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Aaron_in_TX:

Not to mention there are strategically priced items throughout any Wal-Mart that are priced SIGNIFICANTLY higher than they should be. At my store it was a certain brand of printer ink. It was 20% less at Best Buy.

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Kaw-liga:

Full time employment at WalMart is a pretty hellish job for anything below asst store manager.

Getting back to Minnesota:

Two candidates in the race want to raise taxes. One candidate does not.

Got to throw the chips down on the anti-taxer, especially in this environment.

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Aaron_in_TX:

"Got to throw the chips down on the anti-taxer, especially in this environment."

Exactly the kind of attitude that brings about the work situation I described.

It's not good for asst. managers either. They get paid between $35-70K depending on experience but they were routinely at the store 12 hours a day, 5 or sometimes even 6 days a week. Co-mgrs and store mgr are the only really good jobs. Store manager gets paid a ton (150K-300K) but he/she is financially responsible for things that go wrong.

With all your concern over taxes, you are siding with the corporate overlords. 5 or 6 of the Walton heirs are in Forbes top 50 this year. They are all HUGE republican contributors. You're helping them much more than yourself. They have gotten wealthy on the backs of their workers that are paid so little their kids on are on SCHIP and they are on medicaid/food stamps. It's sad when your own workers can't even afford to pay their bills when they're working full time. I had no less than 6 or 7 people under me that worked full time yet were still on food stamps. If you work full time, you should not be poor. Someone is screwing you over if you are.

But I guess you prefer a race to the bottom. I'll NEVER vote republican until they start changing their ways on those kinds of issues. This work hard & get ahead bullshit doesn't work. I had people WANT to work MUCH harder, but I was denied giving them more hours. And even if they did, you could work 25 hours out of every 24 at that job and still not make it. I always told them to zone up or find something to clean on the way out that way it worked out to an extra hour or maybe 2 per week. F***ing store made $90 million a year and it couldn't find an extra 50 bucks per week for a worker willing to work harder.

Oh and God forbid they get overtime hours. Overtime hours got both the worker and his manager fired.

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Gopherguy:

Star Tribune came out with a poll today confirming what I believe. Dayton is up by 9. Dayton has 39, Emmer has 30, and Horner has 18. 12 are undecided. Star Tribune also used an LV screen that including cell phones with live callers, Rass uses automated with only landlines.

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