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 28, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Hopefully I'm not the only one who finds these results strange. The Republicans passed a balanced budget as required by law. Then Gov Dayton vetoed the bill. The Republicans offered a temporary "Lights On" bill to keep the state workers on the job. Dayton rejected that idea. The Republicans offered a purely financial bill, dropping all of the social issues Dayton had opposed. Dayton rejected that idea and Dayton then went ahead and shut down the state. Dayton went out on a tour of the state to get people's input. He came back and said that he would accept the Republican's last offer as he said that he did not know that the Republicans had removed all of the social issues. So how can people who know anything at all blame the Republicans? Dayton was playing the class warfare card by saying the rich weren't paying their fair share. This I agree with because the rich are paying more than their fair share. The top 1% already pay close to 40% of all income taxes but only earn 20% of all income. If everyone were to actually pay their fair share, the 47% of lower income people who have no Federal tax liability at year's end would see a tax raise. And that means that some of those 47% who get more money back than what they pay in would end up paying taxes.
Reed Bornholdt July 28, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Why are you confusing the Patch readers with the facts, Mike? Borrowing a recent quote from DFL Sen. Ken Kelash, this poll is “surreal.” Just imagine the odds of an organization such as MinnPost.com (comprised of DFL political hacks and former failed Star Tribune columnists/editors) hiring Rob Daves (discredited former director of the Star Tribune’s Minnesota Poll for consistent over-sampling of DFLers) to conduct an impartial, scientific poll of 589 randomly selected Minnesotans and reaching the conclusion that most Minnesotans blame Republicans for the state’s shutdown. Then further projecting (hoping) that … hold on … these results obviously mean bad news for Republicans. What are the odds, indeed?
Mike McLean July 28, 2011 at 07:27 PM
I apologize Reed. Once again you have taken me out of the darkness and pointed me towards the light. Thank you
David Haines July 29, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Furthermore, didn't Dayton promise voters he would not shut down the state government even if he didn't get his tax increases? Oh yea, here it is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3wUkjjrW2Q Oh and Mike, in case you have not noticed, when he talks about everyone paying their fair share, they only mean the ones that pay tax already should pay more. I think if everyone had at least a little 'skin in the game', everyone would also be more concerned how their money is being spend. When you don't put in, you don't care how it's spent.
Kevin O'Donovan July 29, 2011 at 04:17 AM
Let's not forget Tom Horner,the Pillsbury Doughboy, the Star Trib staff which gave an endorsement to Horner to move votes away from Emmer, plus the local TV stations which play a consistent DFL tune. Now that we have the Patch, it seems that more Conservatives live in Richfield than one might assume. Let's get some good ones to run for state and federal office. Let's remember it's more about liberty, personal responsibility, and that tax issues are often over emphasized to paint the GOP as a millionaires club.
Mike McLean July 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Kevin every time I happen to turn on WCCO, I fully expect to find their current eyeball logo replaced with a Donkey.
Daniel Randolph July 29, 2011 at 06:11 PM
I hate to rain on the conservative parade but you may not have noticed that until the last 6 months there has not been a democrat leading this state since 1991 - while I think there is enough blame to go around for the shut down - clearly the problems we have today are not because of a group that has not been in charge for 20 years. I wish that everybody would take some time and look at the legacy that democrats left 20 years ago. MN had huge budget surpluses, rainy day funds, good roads and the best education system in the country. We also had among the lowest unemployment rate usually running at least a full point below the national average. MN consistently ranked as one of the top states for quality of life. Please note I am not defending any of today's current crop of politicians - just a gentle reminder of how it can work when men of moderation and reason are in charge and a reminder of what we have not had for more than a decade now.
Reed Bornholdt July 29, 2011 at 08:51 PM
We don’t mind a little rain, Daniel. It helps clear the air. Unless you are counting Arne Carlson and The Body as conservative Republicans, I have only seen one non-Democrat “leading” our state since 1991 (and Gov. Pawlenty was far from being a conservative). As for being “in charge,” the DFL has controlled both houses of the legislature for 28 of the past 38 years (remember there are three co-equal branches of government?). I agree that we have enjoyed pretty decent roads, schools and a “nice” quality of life for the 38 years I have lived here. However, you missed cataloging one major part of your vaunted DFL legacy. We have consistently ranked near the top of the most taxed citizens in the country and have paid dearly for our quality of live (at least those of us who actually pay taxes). Budget “surpluses” are nothing more than over-confiscation of our incomes. At least The Body was honest enough to return his “surpluses” to the taxpayers. Just a gentle reminder of what we have really had for nearly 40 years.
Brie Shultz July 29, 2011 at 11:21 PM
I feel like those stats are accurate and I agree with them. I "swung" right last November because I really liked the MN GOP message of "Focusing on Jobs Jobs Jobs". What I got instead was, an assault on the LGBT community and focus on social issues (some that I agreed with some that I disagreed with, but that wasn't suppose to be THE FOCUS promised from our legislators). Then came another Tim Pawlenty-type budget that borrows money from schools, instead of looking at a modest tax raises (even Ronald Reagan raised taxes) or new sources of revenue (Hello, Racinos! Why aren't these happening?). I'm tired of people whining about taxes. We are currently paying the lowest tax percentages in years, especially those that are the highest income earners. Eventually we can only cut budgets back so much. Inflation happens. There has to be new sources of revenue and politicians willing to deal with it and compromises (locally and nationally) need to happen.
Kevin O'Donovan July 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM
Mike, I read a great bumper sticker at 'The Daily Caller'. "If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you're not a racist, Vote Against Obama in 2012 to Prove You're Not An Idiot".
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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