Guestposter Patricia Lopez on Sen. Norm Coleman’s lagging poll numbers

June 21st, 2007 – 2:11 PM by D.J. Tice

State Capitol reporter Lopez notes that the latest polls keep Coleman stuck where an incumbent would prefer not to be:

lopez.jpgU.S. Sen. Norm Coleman has not been feeling the love lately from Minnesota voters.

A Survey USA poll shows Coleman’s job approval rating submerged below the all-important 50 percent mark, with 48 percent approving of the job he’s doing and 41 percentcoleman.jpg disapproving.

The poll has an error margin of plus or minus 4.1 percent.

Coleman has been trending downward in Survey’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.

Patricia Lopez

28 Responses to "Guestposter Patricia Lopez on Sen. Norm Coleman’s lagging poll numbers"

O.T. says:

June 21st, 2007 at 2:22 pm

what is kloutcher’s approval numbers?

so, you mean to tell me his approval ratings are near identical to his election numbers? what a great discovery you made here! this is just more of the strib’s hatchet jobs on republicans to put negative thoughts in the readers heads. your paper makes me sick and it is why I and countless more have or will keep cancelling their subscriptions to it.

Bill Prendergast says:

June 21st, 2007 at 2:27 pm

The President’s draggin’ Norm down. It’s too bad Norm can’t counter by citing “all he’s done for the state of Minnesota.” But it was a choice, he made it–he decided to “go for it” on the issue of foreign policy rather than issues that would directly benefit the people of Minnesota.

And it’s backfired, because, let’s face it–”foreign policy” has not been the royal road to success for Bush admin supporters like Norm. Focus on foreign policy issues under Bush has been more like a trip up his own back alley, for Norm.

But all that matters to him is that he can stay way ahead of Franken and Ciresi–to him, politics is a horserace question and not the “vision thing.”

Dora says:

June 21st, 2007 at 3:09 pm

Click on the link provided OT and you’ll see Klobuchar’s numbers.

Michael B. Brodkorb says:

June 21st, 2007 at 4:00 pm

Survey USA does polling once a month and according to their tracking polls, Coleman was at 51% in May and 48% in June. The June 11 poll was released on June 19th – it is one poll, not two.

swschrad says:

June 21st, 2007 at 4:55 pm

NOAH-mie needs to jump parties again so he can feel popular once more.

Cash N. Carey says:

June 21st, 2007 at 6:02 pm

And the dems congressional poll numbers are???

God bless you Norm.

Bill Prendergast says:

June 21st, 2007 at 7:10 pm

Cash–

Just so we’re all on the same page here–you know *why* the Dem poll numbers are so low, don’t you? I mean–you know that the reason they’re taking a hit is because they *didn’t* take action to end Bush’s Iraq occupation–don’t you?

I can’t understand why you would be so delighted that Dems were doing so poorly in the polls. That doesn’t help the GOP, so long as the war is going on and the GOP supports it.

Dora says:

June 21st, 2007 at 8:06 pm

Bill,

CNC actually believes that voters are longing for the likes of Tom Delay, Duke Cunningham, Bill Frist, Dennis Hastert and the rest of the rubber-stamp Republicans who controlled Congress.

Being able to reason isn’t CNC’s strong suit.

O.T. says:

June 21st, 2007 at 8:43 pm

You guys just do not get it. Why would his poll numbers be any higher? He won his election with near identical numbers, so why would the libs who voted for the nuthatch swing over now? You try to read waaaaaayyy too much into these numbers.

O.T. says:

June 21st, 2007 at 8:45 pm

Dora, if you do look at the numbers on the poll, it definitely shows it was based down party lines, so it means absolutely nothing that he has 48-51% approval.

O.T. says:

June 21st, 2007 at 8:56 pm

Top 11 Reasons Amy Klobuchar Was Voted Funniest Freshman Senator
11. Her hilarious “You might have your husband p*ssy whipped if …” routine

10. Can recite from memory any Prairie Home Companion monologue

9. Uses a squirting gavel when she presides over the Senate

8. That “Fargo” accent never fails to get a laugh

7. It was either that or “Smartest Freshman Senator”

6. Places Constitution shaped whoopee cushions on all her office chairs

5. Male Senators afraid that if they didn’t vote for her she’d castrate them like she has her husband

4. Her dead on Billie Jean King impersonation never fails to bring the Senate down

3. Thought they were voting for funniest peculiar not funniest ha ha

2. She always gets Robert Byrd to fall for the “pull my finger” gag

1. People just seem to laugh every time she’s introduced as a Senator

Cash N. Carey says:

June 21st, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Congrats dems, a new Gallup poll shows confidence in Congress at all time low!
Just 14% of Americans have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress. An all time low? Seems like a big question topic to me!

At least we have Michele – God bless you Michele.

discoman says:

June 21st, 2007 at 10:00 pm

Gov Pawlenty put it best in the previous election. With Minesota being a blue state, all candidates from the GOP generally are faced with a 6-8 percent handicap in the polls during the duration of the campaign.

dare2sayit.com says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 5:37 am

Coleman has been pretty weak on controlling our borders from the invasion of illegals, but he’s still stronger than any liberal democrat in this area.

Dora says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 7:25 am

DTSI, you do realize that Coleman voted for the immigration bill right along with all the liberal Democrats.

purpleblogdog says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 8:44 am

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A Survey USA poll shows Coleman’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.

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I believer Paul Wellstone’s approval was below 50% in October of 2002. Wasn’t he supposed to have beaten Norm badly?

purpleblogdog says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 8:44 am

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A Survey USA poll shows Coleman’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.

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I believer Paul Wellstone’s approval was below 50% in October of 2002. Wasn’t he supposed to have beaten Norm badly?

parthian says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 9:35 am

Coleman has been a compliant cog in the Cheney machine since lightning struck and he got his seat via a miracle. He has lately been casting a few votes to allow him deceptively to claim “independence” from insane GOoPerism, his vote regarding the corrupt A. Gonzales, for example—which ultimately was meaningless, so Norm felt free to kick up his heels a little without incurring the wrath of Cheney.

What would this principle-free opportunist “do” if re-elected in 08 with a different president? It’s very hard to tell, as he personally seems to stand for nothing, watching which way the wind is blowing on virtually every bill. And he’s the sort of politician who will say anything, and then hide behind the cover of the endless maze of “procedural” votes which decide everything in the senate.

He’s a nothing, and absent an ice storm and an incompetent pilot, never would have been elected in the first place. The only reason he has a chance in 08 is because he represents a “victory” for “conservative” Minnesotans, who simply want the federal government to accomplish nothing, especially on domestic policy. “Do Nothing” Coleman is the perfect man for that job.

Mark the sequel says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 9:55 am

The Gallup poll results aren’t too surprising; Democrats gained in 2006 because people were tired of the Republicans. It didn’t necessarily follow that there was a great groundswell of support for the old Democratic boilerplate. People are now getting another look at the attractive Democratic visionaries like Henry Waxman, John Murtha and Ted Kennedy and probably more than a few people are remembering why the D’s were turned out of power for so long.

Dora says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 11:43 am

So Mark the Sequel, you think they’re having buyers remorse too just like CNC? The only reason the Republicans were voted out was because they “were tired of Republicans”?

When you look behind the poll numbers you see that the most important issue right now is the Iraq war and that the vast majority want the troops out of Iraq.

I’d say it’s a good bet that the Dems caving to Bush over the war funding has a whole lot to do with their dissatisfaction with the Dems right now.

Dora says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 11:48 am

Oh and BTW, when polled on issues you do see more support for the “Democratic boilerplate” as you call it.

Mark the sequel says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 11:52 am

No, Dora, I don’t think buyer’s remorse is the only reason. There are a lot of reasons not to support Democrats, ma’am.

Dora says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 12:13 pm

I’m sure you think there are Mark. Although I’m also sure you wouldn’t presume to speak for those polled. And, as I pointed out, the polls on issues indicate support for the bread and butter Democratic agenda.

dare2sayit.com says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 7:53 pm

Dora,

While Norm Coleman has been a patriot in protecting us from Islamic terror, he has been far too liberal on protecting our borders from the massive invasion of illegal aliens which include middle eastern Muslims sneaking in from Mexico who want to kill us.

While Norm’s record on protecting our borders from the illegal invasion is weak, liberal democrats have a much worse record. Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison (DFL) for example is doing his best to open our borders to the rest of the world, I wonder why?.

John E Iacono says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 10:25 pm

If this keeps up, folks, I suggest we can save a lot of time by just shutting down this blog and simply giving links to the two official Dem and Repub sites.

I really don’t much care for a rehash of the official party spin lines day after day. Just designed for heat, not light.

Won’t someone please come up with some good research or fresh thinking, please?

John E Iacono says:

June 22nd, 2007 at 10:37 pm

I know specifics will be demanded.

I believe anyone who thinks that recent elections mean “the people” want to go back to the “good old democrat days” is a quarter century removed from reality.

And I believe anyone who believes the Repubs did not thoroughly earn the drubbing they took in the last election is living in la-la land.

We COULD, but probably won’t, put some time in here really thinking outside the party boxes about the complex, polarized electorate we have — which is really in short supply in the media, now that EB is gone.

We COULD, but probably won’t, discuss what were the LOCAL issues that explained Coleman’s improbable win.

We COULD, but probably won’t, get beyond knee jerk “the war was and is BAD and can’t be won” “the war is NECESSARY and we must be patient.”

We COULD, but probably won’t, discuss what truly practical means could succeed in breaking the “hate your brother”, “winning at any cost” attitude inflaming most government bodies today.

I’m pessimistic tonight that these questions will be really considered in time.

parthian says:

June 23rd, 2007 at 8:12 am

Well John, since you’re such an original outside the box visionary thinker and the rest of us are just party line dimwit schmoes parroting our “side’s” mindless slogans and talking points, I guess it will be up to you to actually post some original content along the lines you’re yearning for and we’ll see any of the rest of us can possibly get our minds around it.

This was a simple post about Coleman and his low approval rating. I don’t see any great insights from you on that topic. You can’t even manage to tell us your (no doubt) highly original take on Norm as a senator and politician.

And if you want to “discuss” any of your selected topics, great, but you’d first actually have to SAY SOMETHING about them YOURSELF and see if anyone responds.

I’m not personally going to run out and do a dog and pony show on your topics just because you want to raise them. There’s an Iraq thread right below here, so blog away. We’ll be waiting.

parthian says:

June 23rd, 2007 at 8:49 am

And if you want to write about the “complex, polarized electorate that we have”, please don’t neglect to give your views on how exactly it arose.

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