MPR Poll: Coleman approval rating 48%, leads Franken and Ciresi in head-to-heads

May 15th, 2007 – 10:06 AM by Eric Black

MPR poll numbers released yesterday confirmed that Sen. Norm Coleman’s approval rating makes him vulnerable, but showed him leading Al Franken by 54-32 and leading Mike Ciresi by 52-29.

Franken had high name recognition, but also high negative ratings among Minnesotans who had an opinion of him.

Ciresi had substantially lower name recognition than either Coleman or Franken.

6 Responses to "MPR Poll: Coleman approval rating 48%, leads Franken and Ciresi in head-to-heads"

bsimon says:

May 15th, 2007 at 10:58 am

Coleman gets the incumbent advantage. Neither Franken nor Ciresi have thus far offered a compelling reason to support them. At 18 months from election day, its hardly a surprise; at 18 months prior to the last election, I think Dayton was the presumed candidate – had Kennedy declared yet?

counter-coulter says:

May 15th, 2007 at 11:11 am

I think that this far out from the election people, in general, aren’t really paying that much attention to who’s running (except for us good folks here at BQ). My guess would be that the poll reflects name recognition which is demonstrated in people knowing Franken’s name slightly more than Ciresi’s. I will be interested in seeing the polls after the Dems have an endorsed candidate and they’ve started making a serious campaign effort against Coleman.

John E Iacono says:

May 15th, 2007 at 2:50 pm

I see it a little differently. While it is a long long way from the election, I would repeat my earlier comment:

“It would be even better to see a well qualified democratic candidate coming forward, and taking stands. I must say I have not seen him/her yet.”

That’s the feeling I see reflected in this poll, and I hope the dems catch on before it’s too late. If they are stuck with another loser, Mr. Coleman may win by default. Some would add: “Again.”

lloydletta says:

May 15th, 2007 at 10:45 pm

I think this shows Franken has some real challenges ahead of him.

FRESCHFISCH says:

May 16th, 2007 at 10:54 am

http://www.620wtmj.com/_content/talk/jessicamcbride/index.asp?id=125&entry=37830

Read the May 15th entry then listen to the audio.

Eric, you seem to be the paper’s “Norm” reporter. You gonna cover this?

Eric, if Norm were to say something this stupid, would it be news?

Mark the sequel says:

May 16th, 2007 at 3:21 pm

It will get closer, but Norm has generated more goodwill in Minnesota than a lot of people around here would care to admit. He’ll be difficult to beat and I don’t think either Franken or Ciresi will be able to do it. The D’s would be better off trying to convince “Klobuchar the sequel” (a/k/a Susan Gaertner) to run for Senate, instead of waiting until 2010 to take on T-Paw. But that’s not gonna happen.

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