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Ventura Performance Poll
March 6, 2000
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Ventura Job Performance

Poll Date Excellent Good Fair Poor Undecided
December '98 14% 55% 12% 3% 16%
April '99 12% 45% 24% 2% 17%
July '99 11% 45% 35% 8% 1%
October '99 7% 36% 31% 25% 1%
February '00 9% 43% 28% 18% 2%

Question: How would you rate the performance of Jesse Ventura as Minnesota's governor: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?

Option State Men Women
Excellent 9% 12% 7%
Good 43% 43% 43%
Fair 28% 28% 28%
Poor 18% 16% 19%
Undecided 2% 1% 3%

QUESTION: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Governor Ventura is a needed breath of fresh air in state government.

Option State Men Women
Agree 54% 58% 51%
Disagree 41% 39% 43%
Not Sure 5% 3% 6%

QUESTION: Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: Governor Ventura is an embarrassment to the state.

Option State Men Women
Agree 43% 33% 52%
Disagree 54% 66% 43%
Not Sure 3% 1% 5%

The MPR poll was conducted February 25 - 28, 2000 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. A total of 641 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed by telephone. All stated they regularly vote in state elections.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges were utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

Sample Figures:
Men 307 (48%)
Women 334 (52%)

Region Interviews
Minneapolis/St. Paul 359 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 73 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 65 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 70 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 74 interviews

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