Al Franken leads each of his potential Republican opponents by double digits. He leads Jim Abeler 50/39, David Carlson 49/38, Mike McFadden 49/38, Patrick Munro 50/35, and O. Savior 50/33. Franken picks up at least 60% of the moderate vote in each of these potential match-ups, including double-digit support among Republicans against Abeler and Carlson.
Franken’s leads are partly due to the fact that all of the Republican candidates are virtual unknowns, as over 70% of voters have no opinion on each of the Republicans. Even among those that have an opinion, the Republicans tend to be viewed unfavorably. Meanwhile, Franken boasts a positive approval rating with 50% of voters approving of his job performance and 40% disapproving.