PPP's newest Minnesota poll finds Al Franken in good shape for reelection. 51% of voters in the state approve of the job he's doing to 42% who disapprove. That +9 net approval rating is actually 6 points better than Barack Obama's in the state. The President gets 50% approval from voters in the state to 47% who disapprove of him.
Franken starts out with large leads against his potential opponents for reelection next year. He's up 15 on Mike McFadden and Rich Stanek at 51/36, 16 on Julie Rosen at 52/36, and 17 on Julianne Ortman and Jason Lewis at 52/35 and 54/37 respectively. On the off chance Michele Bachmann decided to make a statewide run Franken would have a 55/38 lead. Her statewide favorability rating is just 34%, with 60% of voters holding a negative opinion of her.
Part of the reason for Franken's early leads is his own popularity, but it's also partly because the potential Republican candidates are basically a blank slate to Minnesota voters. Lewis has 37% name recognition, Stanek 25%, Rosen 22%, Ortman 19%, and McFadden 14%. Because of the low profile of the potential GOP candidates they do have a good amount of room to grow against Franken, although he's certainly a clear favorite at any rate.
Other findings from Minnesota:
-Amy Klobuchar continues to be one of the most popular Senators in the country, with 61% of voters approving of her to only 28% who disapprove. That makes her one of only 8 Senators with over a 60% approval rating in our polling.
-It's looking more and more like the damage Tim Pawlenty did to himself with his failed 2012 Presidential bid is going to prove to be permanent in Minnesota. Only 39% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of him compared to 50% with a negative one. Norm Coleman isn't very popular in the state either with a 37/39 favorability rating and 24% of voters having no opinion about him.
Full results here