Pollster: Klobuchar ‘looks like a shoo-in’ for reelection

By Andy Birkey
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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Comment posted June 3, 2011 @ 10:51 am

No wonder Pawlenty and Bachmann want to run for president. Their odds are better.

Comment posted June 3, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

Klobuchur is terrific. She is a fighter and she feels people’s pain. As for Pawlenty and Bachmann, I was hoping sooner than later the people of MN would spare the nation of the pain of listening to these two people spew their ignorance of issues and the lying is just so hard to stomach on a daily basis. Please MN, fire Michele Bachmann-she is a real threat to american democracy.

Comment posted June 4, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

To know Michelle is NOT to love her. She lost her hometown of Stillwater badly everytime she ran for congress. Amy is a shoo-in here.

Comment posted June 18, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

Ms. Klobuchar is responsible for drafting the most unfair and draconian legislations that I have seen during this term. Between the failed Protect IP act and the new go to Prison for Streaming You Tube act, and further pushing the failed war on drugs, I hope that you Minnesotans get her out quickly. I can’t vote against her, but I can give donations to her opponents.

Comment posted June 19, 2011 @ 5:06 am

All of the evil legislation that she is pushing though congress neutralizes all the good bills that she supported

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