Minnesotans prefer no Pawlenty presidency

A majority of Minnesotans would prefer that their governor, Republican Tim Pawlenty, not run for president in 2012.

61 percent of Minnesotans said in a Rasmussen poll that Pawlenty should not seek to take on President Obama, while 22 percent believe he should.

Pawlenty still benefits from solid approval numbers from voters, though.

56 percent of Minnesota voters approve of the way Pawlenty is handling his job; 44 percent disapprove.

Pawlenty, the two-term Republican governor of the typically progressive Minnesota, is eligible to seek a third term in 2010.