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New polls show Obama, Klobuchar up

WASHINGTON — Two new polls show President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar leading their November challengers in Minnesota.

Obama leads Mitt Romney by 7 points (51 percent-44 percent) in a new Public Policy Polling survey released Thursday. He led by 15 points the last time PPP polled the state, in June. Obama leads by 10 points in a SurveyUSA poll commissioned for KSTP-TV, also released this week.

Public Policy Polling is a Democratic firm. It polled 824 likely voters on Monday and Tuesday. The poll has a 3.4 percent margin of error.

Klobuchar leads state Rep. Kurt Bills by 19 points in the PPP poll. She's up by 21 points in the SurveyUSA poll. Her support is even in both polls (55 percent), and it's unchanged from June (SurveyUSA's last poll Minnesota poll was June 20). Klobuchar leads Bills by 14 points in an internal poll the Bills campaign released last week.

Klobuchar's approval rating remains high (57 percent, according to PPP), and Bills's name recognition has doubled since June, when Klobuchar led by 26 points, according to PPP.

The PPP survey can be found here. Here's a summary of the group's numbers on the two constitutional amendments on November's ballot. The SurveyUSA poll (of 551 likely voters, with a 4.3 percent margin of error) is here.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.

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