Inflation is the most important issue to Minnesotans heading into the midterms, according to an internal poll released Monday by Dr. Scott Jensen’s campaign.
The poll has Jensen trailing incumbent Gov. Tim Walz by four percentage points, within the margin of error.
Republicans are within two points of Democrats on the poll’s generic congressional ballot.
A little more than 20% of voters said inflation and the cost of living are the most important issues this election. Excluding inflation, 25% of voters said crime is their top concern, followed by abortion at 19%.
The poll shows 55% of Minnesota voters have an unfavorable opinion of President Joe Biden; 42% view him favorably. Gov. Walz has a higher favorability rating, with 49% expressing a favorable opinion of the first-term Democrat.
“Minnesota can’t afford another four years of Walz’s radical agenda, and this survey shows that when Minnesota voters are confronted with Tim Walz’s record of failure, they’re ready to reject it,” Republican Party of Minnesota communications director Nick Majerus said in a statement. “Minnesotans are hungry for change and our entire slate of endorsed Republican candidates are prepared to deliver that change in November.”
The results are similar to what MinnPost found last month. In their poll, Walz had a two-point advantage over Jensen. About a month earlier, Walz was leading Jensen by five points in a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll.
RealClearPolitics labeled the race for governor a “toss up” last month, giving Walz an average point advantage of 3.5 over Jensen.
Gov. Walz and Dr. Jensen will square off in their first debate Wednesday morning at FarmFest.