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Minnesotans turn on T-Paw's WH ambitions

A day after outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) issued an executive order aimed at blunting the federal health-care law -- which was interpreted as yet another sign that the governor is running for president -- a new poll suggests that Minnesotans aren't pleased with his White House ambitions.

Per the Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll, 54% of likely voters in the state disapprove of his campaign swings outside of Minnesota.

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And when it comes to whether Minnesotans would vote for Pawlenty for president, a majority, or 53 percent, consider that unlikely. Even nearly one in four Republicans, or 23 percent, say they've be unlikely to vote for him.

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Possibly even more stinging for the governor is a question about who would make a better president among potential Republican competitors. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney outpolls Pawlenty on that question, 45 percent to 32 percent. But Pawlenty easily beats former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, 59 to 24 percent.

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According to the poll Pawlenty's approval rating among likely Minnesota voters stands at 46 percent. That's low, but not as low as President Obama's 42 percent approval rating. Although Pawlenty is struggling with support in his home state, a plurality of respondents, or 37 percent, said they think Republicans are better able to handle the state budget than Democrats.