After winning his 2008 election to the U.S. Senate by the narrowest of margins, Sen. Al Franken starts his 2014 general election campaign with a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mike McFadden.
According to our exclusive new KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Franken leads McFadden 51 percent to 42 percent. Independence Party candidate Steve Carlson is at two percent, while two percent favor other candidates and three percent are undecided. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent.
The same poll also gives Franken his highest approval rating in five years of KSTP/SurveyUSA polling. At 56 percent, his approval rating is only three points lower than Senator Amy Klobuchar. The biggest reason for Franken’s approval topping 50 percent is because more independents approve of Franken’s job performance than disapprove.
“This is very good news for Al Franken,” says Larry Jacobs, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota. “He’s shaking some of his unpopularity.”
However, with a single-digit lead, Franken is still potentially vulnerable. President Obama’s approval rating remains near a historic low in Minnesota at 38 percent. According to the poll, 52 percent disapprove and 10 percent say they’re not sure.
Latest Political Poll Projection: Al Franken +9
|Poll||Date||Sample||MoE||Franken (D)||McFadden (R)||Spread|
|RCP Average||7/5 – 8/21||–||–||52.0||41.7||Franken +10.3|
|KSTP/SurveyUSA*||8/19 – 8/21||600 LV||4.1||51||42||Franken +9|
|Rasmussen Reports||8/13 – 8/14||750 LV||4.0||50||42||Franken +8|
|CBS News/NYT/YouGov||7/5 – 7/24||LV||2.0||55||41||Franken +14|
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