State Capitol reporter Lopez notes that the latest polls keep Coleman stuck where an incumbent would prefer not to be:
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has not been feeling the love lately from Minnesota voters.
A Survey USA poll shows ColemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s job approval rating submerged below the all-important 50 percent mark, with 48 percent approving of the job he’s doing and 41 percent disapproving.
The poll has an error margin of plus or minus 4.1 percent.
Coleman has been trending downward in SurveyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tracking polls since April, when he hit a 53 percent approval rating. His highwater mark this year was in January, when his job approval rating was 55 percent.
A Minnesota Public Radio poll in May also showed him with a 48 percent approval rating and he has been rated among the most vulnerable Senate incumbents for 2008.
That poll, however, also showed that Coleman would best the leading DFL candidates _ comic Al Franken and attorney Mike Ciresi _ by comfortable margins.