SCSU Survey rates Obama

Monday, November 14, 2011

Three of the six faculty directors of the SCSU Survey

Three of the six faculty directors of the SCSU Survey. From left are professors David Robinson, Steven Wagner and Stephen Frank.

President Obama's performance rating is on the rise. About one-fourth of Minnesotans think the state is on the right track. And, state opinion is split on the proposed same-sex marriage amendment.

These and other findings are in the Fall 2011 edition of the SCSU Survey.

Since 1980, SCSU Survey's students and professors have researched Minnesota social, political and economic opinions.

This fall student interviewers found 41 percent of Minnesotans think Obama's performance is excellent and pretty good, up from 38 percent a year ago.

About 26 percent of those polled think Minnesota is on the right track. That compares to 55 percent who say the state is on the wrong track.

The SCSU Survey found Minnesotans divided on the question of “Should the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?”

About 44 percent of respondents favor a same-sex marriage amendment. About 47 percent do not. Nine percent either refused to answer or said that they were not sure.

The survey also queried Minnesotans about presidential hopefuls, problems facing the state, Gov. Mark Dayton and last summer's state government shutdown.

SCSU Survey findings were based on Oct. 17-26 telephone responses from 626 Minnesota adults. The sampling error is ±5 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

The student-run survey was directed by Ricardo Martinez-Schuldt, a sociology major from Clearwater, and Donald Zachary Kellar, statistics major from Callender, Iowa.

Survey founder Stephen Frank, political science professor, leads a team of faculty directors:

Steven Wagner, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science

Michelle Hammes, professor of political science

David Robinson, professor of mathematics and statistics

Sandrine Zerbib, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology

John Kulas, associate professor of psychology



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