The 2012 Minnesota Senate race may be up there for the most boring one we've polled on this cycle. Amy Klobuchar's one of the most popular Senators in the country, her opponents are all no names, and the main suspense from poll to poll is whether her leads over the GOP field will be closer to 20 points or 30.
They're closer to 30 this time around. Klobuchar has a 26 point lead over Kurt Bills (55-29), a 27 point one over Joe Arwood (56-29), and advantages of 28 points over Doc Severson (55-27) and Pete Hegseth (56-28).
Klobuchar's approval numbers at their usual strong level. 57% of voters approve of the job she's doing to only 29% who disapprove. She's incredibly strong with independents (61/26) and has a higher than normal 25% of Republicans happy with her work.
The GOP candidates are a blank slate to voters. Doc Severson is the best known at a still lowly 27% level of name recognition. From there it goes down to 20% for Bills, 16% for Arwood, and 15% for Hegseth. The undecideds in all these races skew Republican so it will get closer...but probably not too close.
Since the 2012 Senate race looks so boring, we took a look ahead to the 2014 contest. Al Franken's proven to be a stronger than might have been expected Senator. 50% of voters approve of him to 36% who disapprove. Democrats have ended up being pretty universally happy with him (85/4) and he's strong with independents as well (48/33).
When asked whether they like Minneapolis or St. Paul better Minnesota voters go for Minneapolis by a 40-26 margin. There's a partisan divide on the issue. Democrats pick Minneapolis by a 45-24 margin, but it's tied among Republicans at 33%. The most popular city in the state might actually be Duluth though. It has a 75/5 favorability rating with voters in the state, much higher than either of the two twin cities.
65% of Minnesotans consider themselves to be Twins fans. And despite the franchise's recent struggles only 8% of them think Ron Gardenhire should be fired with 58% opposed to the idea and 34% unsure.
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