Gov. Tim Walz's approval rating has grown during coronavirus crisis

The latest results from the Star Tribune/KARE 11/MPR News poll have been released.
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Gov. Tim Walz has seen his approval rating in Minnesota increase during the coronavirus crisis.

That's according to the latest results from a poll of 800 Minnesota registered voters commissioned by the Star Tribune, KARE 11, and MPR News.

The 18-20 May poll, which has a 3.5 percent margin of error, found that 65 percent approve of Gov. Walz, while 30 percent disapprove.

This represents a 9 percent increase in approval since a poll in February, though his disapproval has also risen by 5 percent.

Nonetheless, it represents the latest indication that the governor retains the support of the majority of Minnesotans in relation to his response to the COVID-19 crisis, after earlier results from the same poll found the majority support Stay at Home restrictions.

That said, the poll did end on Wednesday, May 20, since when he has taken some strong criticism over his decision to limit restaurant reopenings to patio-only, and had a notable clash with Catholic and Lutheran leaders, who threatened to open churches in defiance of his order.

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On Saturday, the governor announced that following discussions with church leaders, houses of worship will be allowed to resume services at 25 percent capacity from Wednesday.

The same poll also found that 59 percent of Minnesotans approve of every voter receiving a ballot by mail for the November election amid the ongoing pandemic, with 37 percent opposed.

You can find more information about the poll here, via MPR News.

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