A new PPP poll out today shows Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken with double-digit leads over a flock of GOP challengers.
It shows a wider margin than a KSTP/SurveyUSA poll released last week, which indicated closer races, with the incumbents just 6 points ahead of their nearest rivals.
Republicans quickly jumped on the new PPP poll, saying it surveyed too many Democrats.
Ben Golnik, former state GOP Party head, tweeted:
Latest @ppppolls poll for MN uses prez year party ID with Dems +10 (higher than prez yr even). Dayton still under 50
Dayton’s approval rating in the PPP poll is 48 percent approval, 41 percent disapproval. Franken’s is 50 percent approval, 40 percent disapproval.
The poll results show, head to head, Dayton and potential challengers:
- Dayton 47, Merrill Anderson 35
- Dayton 47, Scott Honour 35
- Dayton 47, GOP-endorsed Jeff Johnson 36
- Dayton 47, Marty Seifert 36
- Dayton 47, Kurt Zellers 37
And in Franken’s race, against what the pollsters call “virtual unknowns:”
- Franken 50, Jim Abeler 39
- Franken 49, David Carlson 39
- Franken 49, GOP-endorsed Mike McFadden 38
- Franken 50, Patrick Munro 35
- Franken 50, Ole Savior 33
The poll also showed Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who’s not up for re-election, with 56 percent approval and 32 percent disapproval, and President Barack Obama with 44 percent approval, 50 percent disapproval.