Latest Posts





Are Polls Accurate or Misleading? Dayton’s Approval Rating is 62 Percent

Poll results are back in the headlines. According to a recent Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, Governor Dayton’s approval rating is at 62 percent — the “highest job approval rating of his tenure.”

But as we learned from November 2016, poll numbers are not always accurate or indicative.

A breakdown of the poll confirmed the majority of Dayton’s high ratings came from DFLers in the state’s metropolitan area. Ninety-two percent of Democrats polled approved of the governor’s performance,  72 percent of respondents who approved were from Hennepin and Ramsey counties, and 62 percent were from the rest of the Twin Cities suburbs.

Which suggests liberalism is less appealing to Greater Minnesota.

Just over a month ago, American Experiment President John Hinderaker wrote about two articles in the Star Tribune that echoed this sentiment: After two terms of Dayton, DFL losing grip on voters outside Twin Cities and DFLers scramble to figure out growing challenge outside metro areas.   

Dayton is not seeking re-election in 2018, but the Strib feels the governor’s poll results will give “DFLers at least one reason to be hopeful about hanging onto the seat.”  

But will the poll results of 800 Minnesotans translate into real results come next November? Or will the misleading nature of polls be confirmed once again?




Upcoming Events

  • 2019 Annual Dinner Featuring Candace Owens

    Location: Hilton Minneapolis 1001 South Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403

    From Brexit to Blexit… Britain’s exit from the European Union has not been smooth sailing. Since the leave date has been pushed back to October, Nigel Farage is now running for a seat in the European Parliament. That election date is May 23 which has forced him to cancel all American speaking engagements, including our Annual Dinner. Center of the American Experiment is pleased to announce that Candace Owens, the founder of the Blexit movement and host of The Candace Owens Show, will now be presenting the keynote address at our 2019 Annual Dinner on May 18. We are excited…

    Register Now