Ã‚Â Happy Saturday. DFLers are touting new SurveyUSA poll numbers showing GOP Sen. Norm Coleman’s approval rating declining from 55 percent in January to 47 percent this month. These are the kinds of numbers — less than 50 percent approval — that traditionally signal a vulnerable incumbent.
Meanwhile, Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s approval score is essentially unchanged — 56 percent in January for the Democrat versusÃ‚Â 55 percent in March.
Most likely Coleman’s slippage reflects ever-growing public displeasure with the situation in Iraq and suggests that the senator’s continued, if somewhat nuanced, support for Bush’s policies there is not helping him just now. Approval of Coleman fell especially sharply among the young.
All polls should be viewed with caution, and SurveyUSA’s technique, using recorded-voice interviews, is criticized by some professional pollsters. Coleman’s approval numbers have bounced around a bit, having been at 49 percent in December before jumping to 55 percent in January. Hard to know what to make of that.
Still, results like these help explain why Democrats and Republicans alike are preparing for a bruising barn burner of a Senate race.Ã‚Â