Pointing Fingers: Survey Shows Most Minnesotans Blame Republicans for State Shutdown

A recent MinnPost survey indicates that the majority of Minnesotans blame the GOP for the shutdown. What do you think?

While most state workers and state-run services have been back at work for a week now, the Minnesota government shutdown is still at the forefront of many Minnesotans' minds.

In a recent survey conducted by MinnPost, the majority of Minnesotans blame Republicans—who control both the House and Senate—for the shutdown. MinnPost reported a 2-1 margin of those who believe the fault rests on Republicans' shoulders versus Gov. Mark Dayton's.

The survey polled 589 randomly selected, English speaking adults across Minnesota from July 24-26 (from both landline and cell phone homes) and is 95 percent accurate with a variance of 4.8 percent (plus or minus), according to the MinnPost article detailing the survey.

Unsurprisingly, those surveyed who identified as Republicans and Democrats sided with their respective parties and pointed fingers at the other. Those who identified as Independents were identified as the "swing group," with 46 percent placing blame on Republicans, 18 percent on Dayton and 25 percent on both groups.

What do Richfield residents think about this? Do you think one group is more at fault than another? Is it fair to point fingers at just one group?

Going further, do you think this survey holds any water?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

If you're thirsty for more shutdown coverage, the following is a list with links to a handful of other interesting articles from July 28:

Bloomberg Businessweek: Water standard delayed on wild rice issue
Coon Rapids Herald: State education bill hits District 11 pocketbooks
MinnPost: Half of Minnesota's millionaires really do live elsewhere
Minnesota Public Radio: Minn. parks reservation system sees record response
Olmsted County Journal: End of state shutdown is good news for flood victims
Star Tribune: Minnesota's anxiety: At the office and at home, real fear of what's next

Mike McLean July 30, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Great bumper sticker!!!!!
Dennis Gillespie July 31, 2011 at 03:01 PM
Speaking of Bumper Stickers, do you ever find yourself when you see someone with an Obama Bumper Sticker still on their car looking at them wondering what they look like? Lets face it Journalism is dead, the Lame Street news media is simply a leftist organization that simply operates a press corp. for the Democrats. Why do you think those organizations are going bankrupt and are losing markethsare.
Daniel Randolph August 01, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Reed, yes I have heard the silly rhetoric about how much we pay in taxes in this state. Given the choice between paying "high" taxes while enjoying high education, quality of life, per capita income, economic stability, good roads, healthy people (and so much more) and the current race to the bottom, I personally would choose to pay. While some may describe this as "paying dearly", by all non-subjective measures, we paid fairly and got an excellent return for our public investments during the time I described. In comparison (as a percentage of our gross income), we paid a mere fraction of the cost we now pay and we now get much less. As a hard example, during Perpich's term, I paid approximately 7% of my home value in Property Taxes. I now pay over 14%. Unfortunately in this State the issue is not really taxes or spending but that of priority and planning. Again, I am not defending a party. While you may simplify the power structure of those times by party, the reality is that Minnesota has always been a State full of people who are fiscally responsible and socially responsible. The work done during that time had broad support. Until the last decade our politicians reflected those core values. Now our politicians are so caught up in silly rhetoric that they can't see the big picture. We need to go back to when we could elect men/women of value instead of a "party" and look at the big picture and make careful long term plans and investments.
Mike McLean August 01, 2011 at 12:49 PM
Every time I see an Obama bumper sticker, I want to tell the driver, "Hey some idiot put an Obama sticker on your bumper".....
Kevin O'Donovan August 01, 2011 at 01:28 PM
We can all agree that government on all levels has grown substantially over the last thirty years. Taxes are one symptom, but are not the illness. Excessive regulations that stifle development, limit individual decision making, curtail creativity, diminish personal accountability, and create dependency at the expense of personal autonomy are posing greater dangers for society. The advancement of a de facto neo-pagan positivism has taken root and is being advanced throughout the culture and educational systems. We no longer respect the sovereignty of moral law, and the importance of family and church in developing a common set of ethical behaviors. The government is attempting to replace the churches, and families. Our vital institutions are in need of rehab. Taxes don't produce good people.


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