President Barack Obama has a 10 point lead over Mitt Romney in Minnesota and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has a 26-point edge over her opponent, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.
Obama’s approval rating is 53 percent, to Romney’s 42 percent favorability figure, according to PPP. Sixty-four percent of poll respondents said Romney won last week’s presidential debate (including about 40 percent of those who identify has liberals).
The presidential race has tightened some, nationally and in swing states, since the debate, but Obama’s lead in Minnesota is actually larger than the 7-point advantage PPP gave him in mid-September.
Klobuchar leads state Sen. Kurt Bills 57 percent to 31 percent in their U.S. Senate contest. The 26-point lead is in the ballpark of the two most recent public polls of the race: a 29-point lead found by the Star Tribune last month, and a 19-point lead from Survey USA in early September. Klobuchar’s approval rating is 59 percent — “She’s one of the most popular Senators in the country,” according to PPP.
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm, surveyed 937 likely Minnesota voters between Oct. 5 and 8. Thirty-eight percent of respondents identified as Democrats, 29 percent as Republicans and 32 percent as independents.
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