Governor 50, Legislature 17

Minnesotans apparently like Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton better than the Republican-controlled Legislature.

A KSTP-SurveyUSA poll shows half of Minnesotans approve of Dayton’s job performance, but just 17 percent say the same about the Legislature.

Dayton said he likes the numbers, but added that he treats it like perfume: It is OK to sniff, but dangerous to drink it.

House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, downplayed the poll results, saying that while legislative bodies often receive low marks, voters usually like their own lawmakers.