Oh my: Obama approval rating in MN 36/54

posted at 2:41 pm on April 14, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

For the entire decade-plus of my blogging career, Republicans in Minnesota keep anticipating that they can turn the state red, or at least purple, in national elections. In the entirety of that period, the GOP routinely falls short. The high-water mark was probably the 2004 national election in which George Bush got within four points of John Kerry in the one state that never voted for Ronald Reagan, or perhaps the 2010 election in which the GOP took control of both chambers of the state legislature — while losing every statewide race at the same time. Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by eight points in 2012, though, as Democrats took control of the legislature once again.

Republican pollsters started hinting earlier that incumbents Senator Al Franken and Governor Mark Dayton could find themselves in serious trouble in 2014, though, thanks to the drag from Obama and ObamaCare. A new KSTP/ Survey USA independent poll shows they may well be right:

According to our KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, Obama’s approval rating is just 36 percent in Minnesota, with 54 percent disapproving and 10 percent not sure. That’s down from a 55 percent approval rating in Sept. 2009.

The news is a little better for the two Democratic incumbents, however:

By comparison, Dayton and Franken have higher approval ratings, but both are below the key 50 percent threshold often seen as key to a strong re-election bid.

Dayton’s approval rating among Minnesotans is 49 percent, with 40 percent disapproving and 12 percent not sure. He has the support of 76 percent of Democrats, 44 percent if independents and 27 percent of Republicans.

Franken’s approval rating near the end of his first term in the U.S. Senate is 46 percent. Another 42 percent disapprove and 13 percent are not sure. Franken has approval of 72 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of Republicans. His most worrisome numbers might be his 46 percent disapproval among independents versus 41 percent who approve.

The big drag for Democrats will be the perception of MNSure and ObamaCare. This survey took place in the first week of April, as the White House took its “victory lap” over their claim to have exceeded their open-enrollment goal of 7 million insured through the exchanges. Minnesotans are highly unimpressed with those claims of success. Approval of the MNSure state exchange is a dismal 31/44, but it’s even worse for ObamaCare in general — 33/54. With a D/R/I of 33/26/35, it’s pretty clear that the Democrats are barely holding their base on ObamaCare.

Still, it will take a solid effort from Republicans to ensure that the party can hold these incumbents accountable for their actions on ObamaCare. The state party has had lots of organizational issues over the last few years, and hasn’t won a statewide office since 2006, when Tim Pawlenty barely won re-election in a three-way race — and the GOP lost all of the other statewide races on that ballot. The endorsement/primary process in Minnesota practically guarantees disunity and infighting (also true of Democrats, but they will run incumbents and avoid that problem).

If it was far too soon for Obama to take a victory lap in ObamaCare, it’s still too soon to assume that its failure will seriously threaten the two incumbents the GOP would most like to retire here in Minnesota. It does, however, offer some enticing hope for Republicans to get involved and restore some organizational strength to the state party.


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It doesn’t matter,
MN’ns will vote for DemonCraps anyway.

burrata on April 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM

No sale…MN is literally DFL.

22044 on April 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Republican pollsters started hinting earlier that incumbents Senator Al Franken and Governor Mark Dayton could find themselves in serious trouble in 2014, though, thanks to the drag from Obama and ObamaCare. A new KSTP/ Survey USA independent poll shows they may well be right:

Needed some good news. May it keep coming.

Rats and ships.

avagreen on April 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Hope…for…change.

TCrez on April 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM

A significant number of the “disapproval” rating are liberals displeased with Obama not being liberal enough – but that doesn’t mean they will vote Republican or conservative.

Gebeaux on April 14, 2014 at 2:49 PM

If you pretend that this isn’t racist, then you are racist.

rogerb on April 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM

everdissed and the HA slave will call you all “racists”, while they practice blatant racism.

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Black conservatives aren’t traitors to our race, as liberals would like you to believe; we’ve swallowed the red pill, stopped drinking the koolaid, opened our eyes and seen what’s happening to us. So is it so difficult to understand why black Americans are starting to look to conservative principles that champion job growth, preservation of Constitutional rights, and personal responsibility?

The Democratic Party and our mercenary black leaders won’t willingly give up the power and perks they’ve gathered on the backs of black America. Believe me, the biggest weapon the Republican Party has today is the black conservative. The Democrats know it, the race-bait-pimps and poverty princes like Sharpton and Jackson know it, and the media that move to destroy black conservatives whenever they can know it best of all. That is probably why the likes of Jackson and the MSNBC talking heads do not debate men like Ben Carson or Thomas Sowell.

What are leftists afraid of?

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

What this really means is that the people of Minn. will see a tribe(?) herd(?), pack(?) of squirrels between now and November. If “Voter Suppression (IDs)” doesn’t work there is still the “War on Women” or the “War on children/seniors/poor/minorities/students” to try out. Anything but the issues that most Americans want to see discussed.

Fred 2 on April 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

As Minnesota goes so goes … … I have no idea. All I know is that any state that elects a buffoon like Al Franken is bat shit crazy.

VorDaj on April 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Minnesota is the home of Walter mondale Jesse ventura, mark dayton and Al Franken… the voters of this state can not be redeemed or rehabilitated. The crazy is too strong. .

The state bird is the loon, explains a lot.

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 14, 2014 at 2:53 PM

It would be very sad to see Franken’s political career end so short. So much promise, so much potenital

.

jmtham156 on April 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Seriously, it perhaps is a contributing factor is that the midwest has had the coldest January through April in history.. yes, EVER … and Obama keeps on blabbing on about global warming, and these people being frozen out in Minnesota must be shaking their heads saying “enough is enough.”

anotherJoe on April 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

USA to Obama:

YOU SUCK

BobMbx on April 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

The “Bishop” effect may be in play here…

ToddPA on April 14, 2014 at 2:57 PM

And oh, the reason Frankens’ numbers are as high as they are is that he doesn’t do anything. Out of sight, out of mind.

BobMbx on April 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I’m thinking the best is yet to come. The Clintons who are Political Sharks need to distance themselves from the SS Barry soon. HillZ can not run on anything that Barry has done, and Bill will start leaking “truths” out … This failed experiment or excrement that we know as Barack Obama, will not only hurt Hillary NOW, but will be re-dredged up when Chelsea runs in the future. Obama is one bad albatross to hang around the Clintons necks, and they gave him all ~~~~~~~ the rope ~~~~~he needed to make mistake after mistake, after mistake, so at anytime the Clintons can take him out to the woodshed. Its not going to be pretty when they turn on Barack. He looks like a fool to everyone now, just wait.

Innercat on April 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

…..with 54 percent disapproving and 10 percent not sure.

Not sure????

Just wait until after the election……

Electrongod on April 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

As Minnesota goes so goes … … I have no idea. All I know is that any state that elects a buffoon like Al Franken is bat shit crazy.

VorDaj on April 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

They didn’t. The previously 1,000 or so “forgotten/overlooked” votes in one of his lackey’s car trunk did. Found at the last moment (thank god /sarc)

avagreen on April 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Do they still celebrate Leif Erickson Day there?

ToddPA on April 14, 2014 at 2:59 PM

“Victory laps lapse”
FIFY

thunderhorse on April 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Innercat on April 14, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Good news, again. I’m buying ring-side tickets, staying up late, not bathing and such until it’s over.

I used to know a poster by ACat’s name. :)

avagreen on April 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

It doesn’t help that decades of losses punctuated by brief and temporary wins have essentially ruined the MN GOP. It’s not as bad as California or New York, but it’s pretty bad. I’m not sure I’d trust the state GOP to lead soldiers to a strip club.

Madcap_Magician on April 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Just wait until those new health insurance premium invoices start showing up or they find out that their employer is dropping them on to Obama-democrat Care. In the mean time the yelping from people trying to use Obama-democrat Care is going to be deafening. Even the full court media press on racism is not going to make people vote donk when their wallets just took a huge hit.

If I were in the MN GOP I would be putting poll watchers and lawyers at every voting and counting station. Franken only won after three recounts and many trunks of missing ballot boxes “showed up.”

jukin3 on April 14, 2014 at 3:02 PM

and these people being frozen out in Minnesota must be shaking their heads saying “enough is enough.”

anotherJoe on April 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

These people in MN are shaking their heads but to shake off the snow on their heads and believe that Hussein has healed the planet.

burrata on April 14, 2014 at 3:03 PM

*rubs eyes* Is this for real?

The MN GOP will blow it – they always do.

gophergirl on April 14, 2014 at 3:03 PM

No sale…MN is literally DFL.

22044 on April 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Some pockets yes
Some pockets are as red as red can be.

gophergirl on April 14, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Remember when Wisconsin was a “solid” liberal state too?

Barry barely breaks 22% west of Maple Grove. The DFL is already parking cars with trunks full of Franken ballots around the cities.

Roy Rogers on April 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

All together now–Senator Ed Morrissey!

osogrande on April 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Laps are racist.

NotCoach on April 14, 2014 at 3:11 PM

All together now–Senator Ed Morrissey!

osogrande on April 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Bite your tongue.

Ed Morrissey on April 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

All together now–Senator Ed Morrissey!

osogrande on April 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Ed..Ed…Ed… Ed. ..

burrata on April 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Start stashing cardboard boxes stuffed with marked Franken ballots in car trunks.

Krupnikas on April 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

As Minnesota goes so goes … … I have no idea. All I know is that any state that elects a buffoon like Al Franken is bat shit crazy.

VorDaj on April 14, 2014 at 2:52 PM

It wasn’t the people in MN that elected him, it was the Lizard People so that’s OK.

Johnnyreb on April 14, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Minnesota is the home of Walter mondale Jesse ventura, mark dayton and Al Franken… the voters of this state can not be redeemed or rehabilitated. The crazy is too strong. .

The state bird is the loon, explains a lot.

Raquel Pinkbullet on April 14, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Don’t forget the political circus…that was….the wake of Sen. Paul Wellstone.

Schadenfreude on April 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM

All together now–Senator Ed Morrissey!

osogrande on April 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Nothing like a Senator Ed to make Jesse Ventura look sane and Al Frankin look honest… Eh…

oscarwilde on April 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM

All together now–Senator Ed Morrissey!

osogrande on April 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM

C’mon Ed

You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like You.

HumpBot Salvation on April 14, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Minnesota elected a wrestler for governor and a comedian as a senator. The frost bite up there must travel up the fingers and on into the brain!

cajunpatriot on April 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

This is DLF country, we do stupid in a very special way.

Such as our demrat-controlled legislature and now governor deciding that the state minimum wage is going to go up, and not just up but with automatic yearly increases built in.

YAY!

Bishop on April 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Since the 2012 election has passed, it’s a moot point. His approval rating could be 0/100 nationwide; he’s still president and will be for two more years.

He Who Some Call A Traitor on April 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Not to worry, Dems: Minnesota Republicans are every bit the fkups that Illinois Republicans have been, for decades. I confidently predict that they will play to not lose, thereby ensuring that they do.
Rest assured, you can run people as talentless as…well, as talentless as Al Franken and get away with it.

orangemtl on April 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

It would be very sad to see Franken’s political career end so short. So much promise, so much potenital

.

jmtham156 on April 14, 2014 at 2:54 PM

DanMan on April 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

the sarc tag was so big it locked my computer

DanMan on April 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Since the 2012 election has passed, it’s a moot point. His approval rating could be 0/100 nationwide; he’s still president and will be for two more years.

He Who Some Call A Traitor on April 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

The relevance is that Obama is a Democrat and may drag other Democrats down with him.

cajunpatriot on April 14, 2014 at 3:26 PM

This is DLF country, we do stupid in a very special way.

Bishop on April 14, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Ah, so a Senator Ed is a genuine possibility…

oscarwilde on April 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

That’s no problem for Frankenstein, he and his Dem minions will just manufacture some votes from the trunk of a Dem operatives car. Oh and the Republican challenger will just say oh well he won it fair and square.

neyney on April 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

O/T Boehner’s primary opponent.

http://youtu.be/9A8kq85Umco

celtic warrior on April 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

The one thing I will give Franken is that he is opposing the Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger. Comcast is a vile and corrupt organization.

bw222 on April 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Yeah, if you think Senator Frankenstein and Governor Brave Sir Robin are going anywhere, well…I have ocean-front property in Nebraska to sell you.

Othniel on April 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Clown Franken will lose by a landslide. Oh, and he promoted and voted for Obamacare.

Amazingoly on April 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

If you think the national Republican Party is “The Stupid Party”, you should see the Minnesota Republicans.

DFL will win again because these losers make The national party look like smooth operators.

Sinner on April 14, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Ah, so a Senator Ed is a genuine possibility…

oscarwilde on April 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

If you’re sarc’ing you might want to build up your rep for a while before doing it without the /.

Bishop on April 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Moral of the story: Don’t go to Minnesota.

kirkill on April 14, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Yeah, if you think Senator Frankenstein and Governor Brave Sir Robin are going anywhere, well…I have ocean-front property in Nebraska to sell you.

Othniel on April 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if you bought ocean front property in Nebraska.

cajunpatriot on April 14, 2014 at 3:40 PM

MN reminds me a bit of Washington state, the demographics look positive for the GOP, yet they somehow never win the expected recount.

Tater Salad on April 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

For those of you who wonder why we have to run RINOs in blue states, 22% of MN Republicans approve of Al Franken.

Occams Stubble on April 14, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Well, there is that whole “Mark Ritchie is a George Soros funded communist tool” thing

Roy Rogers on April 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Moral of the story: Don’t go to Minnesota.

kirkill on April 14, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Agreed! Tourists, stay off my lake.

Bishop on April 14, 2014 at 3:49 PM

No sale…MN is literally DFL.

22044 on April 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Dallas-Fort Lauderdale?

Lanceman on April 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM

oscarwilde on April 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

If you’re sarc’ing you might want to build up your rep for a while before doing it without the /.

Bishop on April 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Sarc???

oscarwilde on April 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Sarc???

oscarwilde on April 14, 2014 at 4:03 PM

“IF”, first word in the sentence.

Bishop on April 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Dallas-Fort Lauderdale?

Lanceman on April 14, 2014 at 3:56 PM

in MN the Democrats are called the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
the phrase I intended was “Democrat For Life.”

22044 on April 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Oh my: Obama approval rating in MN 36/54

Unfortunately Minnesota is a day late and a dollar short. They should have shown Obama the door in 2012. It’s too late now to stop Obama electorally.

Hopefully this will signal an end to Al Franken and the fraudulent election that made him a US Senator with Al Franken ballots continually “discovered” in closets and car trunks until he had just enough votes to win.

RJL on April 14, 2014 at 4:37 PM

It doesn’t matter,
MN’ns will vote for DemonCraps anyway.

burrata on April 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Hard to tell if they vote that way or if Democratics are just that good at stealing elections as they stole Al Franken’s.

slickwillie2001 on April 14, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Franken isn’t worried. He has another couple of trunks full of “overlooked ballots”.

GarandFan on April 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Looks like the MN Repubs are like the Chicago Cubs. Just used to losing.

crankyoldlady on April 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

And people are wondering why we built the cheddar curtain.

flackcatcher on April 14, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Doesn’t matter if the R’s get more votes. If a car trunk doesn’t make up the difference, the Franken people will just get a bigger vehicle.

NOMOBO on April 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM

in MN the Democrats are called the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
the phrase I intended was “Democrat For Life.”

22044 on April 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Get out! Really?

Lanceman on April 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

The one glaring point is that Al Franken does not deserve to win re-election. There’s little doubt his election was stolen in the first place and, if the Republicans can’t make hay of the fact that he voted for Obamacare, which is underwater in the polls and has allowed Reid to ride roughshod over the Senate not allowing the Republicans the ability to improve health care, he should have a lot of negatives.

The lying Democrats need to be called to account and Republicans should be doing that in every race, not just the ones they think they can win. The Democrats have allowed Obama to skirt the Congress, and that’s not what they’re paid to do. The Democrats have done so much wrong that this election should be a slam-dunk, if the Republicans are willing to call them on it and fight.

bflat879 on April 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM

The minneapolis star and sickle will have none of this along with the local dfl media.

crosshugger on April 14, 2014 at 7:09 PM

That’s surprising, Minneapolis/St. Paul are as liberal/blue as they come??
That’s why I had to get out while I could – Thank God

mmcnamer1 on April 14, 2014 at 8:03 PM

You can’t believe in ‘approval ratings’ they are owned by the highest bidder/political clout. All politicians need to be in prison.

xmanvietnam on April 14, 2014 at 11:53 PM

As Minnesota goes so goes … … I have no idea. All I know is that any state that elects a buffoon like Al Franken is bat shit crazy.

Didn’t he leave the state for almost 40 years before he came back? Most people would take that as a hint. Anyway you hit the nail on the head, the saying shouldn’t be “Minnesota Nice”, it should be “Minnesota crazy”

Dave_d on April 15, 2014 at 12:16 AM