Pollster: Klobuchar ‘looks like a shoo-in’ for reelection
Friday, June 03, 2011 at 8:00 am
A survey released by Public Policy Polling on Thursday shows that Sen. Amy Klobuchar maintains a formidable lead going into the 2012 election cycle. She maintains a high favorability rating and would best any announced candidates and rumored candidates by large margins, including Minnesota’s presidential duo Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty. She’s also increased her lead since the last PPP poll in December.
Klobuchar leads Pawlenty in a hypothetical matchup by 13 points, 54 percent to 41 percent. Against Bachmann, Klobuchar leads 57 to 37 percent. Neither Bachmann nor Pawlenty has expressed an interest in Klobuchar’s seat.
Among candidates who have expressed an interest, Klobuchar would win handily if the election were held today. Against former attorney general candidate Chris Barden, Klobuchar would win 57 to 30 percent and against radio host and State Sen. Dave Thompson, Klobuchar would win 55 to 28 percent.
Dan Severson, the only announced candidate to challenge Klobuchar, would lose by the largest margin, 28 points (56 to 28 percent).
“The fact that Klobuchar earns 54-57% of the vote regardless of her opponent suggests her floor is probably not much lower than that,” PPP said in a release accompanying the poll. “Amy Klobuchar looks like a shoo-in at this point,” added Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling.
The poll also measured Pawlenty’s and Bachmann’s favorables. Fifty-three percent of Minnesotans viewed Pawlenty unfavorably and 40 percent favorably. Bachmann’s numbers were even worse with 33 percent having a favorable impression of the congresswoman, while 59 percent viewed her unfavorably.
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