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Associated Press, Published September 29 2009

Poll finds resistance to Pawlenty presidential run

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A new poll finds that a majority of Minnesotans don't want Gov. Tim Pawlenty to run for president in 2012.

The Star Tribune Minnesota Poll conducted last week found 55 percent against Pawlenty running for president, with 30 percent in favor.

Still, the poll also found that half of Minnesotans would consider voting for the two-term Republican governor if he were nominated for president. A quarter of the poll's 1,000 respondents said there was a "good chance" and another 25 percent said there was "some chance."

The poll also looked at Sen. Al Franken, who took office in July after a long contested election. Franken has a job approval rating of 41 percent, with 30 percent still undecided on his performance.

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