Go to HHH home page.
Smart Politics
 


Coleman Up 7 Points on Franken in New Poll

Bookmark and Share

Republican incumbent Senator Norm Coleman continues to lead likely DFL challenger Al Franken in the latest survey of 500 likely voters by Rasmussen. The survey, conducted April 22nd, gives Coleman a 50 to 43 percent lead, up from 48 to 46 percent a month ago.

Though Coleman's lead is very fragile for an incumbent, he continues to show promise in retaining his seat with his relatively high favorability numbers—currently at 55 percent. Coleman's favorability rating has ranged between 51 and 56 percent in six Rasmussen surveys conducted during the past 13 months.

Franken's unfavorability numbers have also remained relatively static during that span, holding between 45 and 48 percent in five of these six surveys. These are Hillary Clinton-esque unfavorability numbers—there appear to be roughly half of Minnesotans who just do not like Franken. Minnesotans who are recently forming their opinion of Franken, however, seem to be viewing him favorably. In March 2007, 15 percent of Minnesotans had no opinion of Franken, with just 39 percent holding a favorable view. Now, in April 2008, only 5 percent of Gopher State residents have yet to form an opinion of the satirist, and his favorability rating has climbed to 48 percent (holding steady from a month ago).

Previous post: Pennsylvania Primary Wrap-up; Or, Why Clinton Could Actually Be Winning the Race for the Democratic Nomination
Next post: Clinton vs. Obama: Who Is Winning the Battleground States?

2 Comments


  • Why no mention from the same STRIB story source of the major drop in approval ratings of Gov. Pawlenty. That looked like headline stuff, but no headline.

  • There are a few reasons for not mentioning this bit on Governor Pawlenty:

    1) Plainly, this was an entry on the U.S. Senate race, not the governor.

    2) There was really no "major drop" in his approval rating. While Pawlenty's "excellent" and "good" rating dropped from 49 in March to 44 percent in April, his "poor" rating also dropped a point, from 24 to 23 percent. Moreover, his approval rating in February was a very similar 45 percent (also a Rasmussen poll), so this is not unfamiliar ground for the Governor in recent months.

  • Leave a comment


    Remains of the Data

    Is There a Presidential Drag On Gubernatorial Elections?

    Only five of the 20 presidents to serve since 1900 have seen their party win a majority of gubernatorial elections during their administrations, and only one since JFK.

    Political Crumbs

    Strike Three for Miller-Meeks

    Iowa Republicans had a banner day on November 4th, picking up both a U.S. Senate seat and one U.S. House seat, but Mariannette Miller-Meeks' defeat in her third attempt to oust Democrat Dave Loebsack in the 2nd CD means the GOP will not have a monopoly on the state's congressional delegation in the 114th Congress. The loss by Miller-Meeks (following up her defeats in 2008 and 2010) means major party nominees who lost their first two Iowa U.S. House races are now 0 for 10 the third time around in Iowa history. Miller-Meeks joins Democrat William Leffingwell (1858, 1868, 1870), Democrat Anthony Van Wagenen (1894, 1912 (special), 1912), Democrat James Murtagh (1906, 1914, 1916), Democrat Clair Williams (1944, 1946, 1952), Democrat Steven Carter (1948, 1950, 1956), Republican Don Mahon (1966, 1968, 1970), Republican Tom Riley (1968, 1974, 1976), Democrat Eric Tabor (1986, 1988, 1990), and Democrat Bill Gluba (1982, 1988, 2004) on the Hawkeye State's Three Strikes list.


    Larry Pressler Wins the Silver

    Larry Pressler may have fallen short in his long-shot, underfunded, and understaffed bid to return to the nation's upper legislative chamber, but he did end up notching the best showing for a non-major party South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate in more than 90 years. Pressler won 17.1 percent of the vote which is the best showing for an independent or third party U.S. Senate candidate in the state since 1920 when non-partisan candidate Tom Ayres won 24.1 percent in a race won by Republican Peter Norbeck. Overall, Pressler's 17.1 percent is good for the second best mark for a non-major party candidate across the 35 U.S. Senate contests in South Dakota history. Independent and third party candidates have appeared on the South Dakota U.S. Senate ballot just 25 times over the last century and only three have reached double digits: Pressler in 2014 and Ayres in 1920 and 1924 (12.1 percent). Pressler's defeat means he won't become the oldest candidate elected to the chamber in South Dakota history nor notch the record for the longest gap in service in the direct election era.


    more POLITICAL CRUMBS

    Humphrey School Sites
    CSPG
    Humphrey New Media Hub

    Issues />

<div id=
    Abortion
    Afghanistan
    Budget and taxes
    Campaign finances
    Crime and punishment
    Economy and jobs
    Education
    Energy
    Environment
    Foreign affairs
    Gender
    Health
    Housing
    Ideology
    Immigration
    Iraq
    Media
    Military
    Partisanship
    Race and ethnicity
    Reapportionment
    Redistricting
    Religion
    Sexuality
    Sports
    Terrorism
    Third parties
    Transportation
    Voting