Al Franken's national net favorable rating pretty much what you'd expect

No, just kidding. At -10, it’s actually quite a bit higher than you’d expect.

Less than a week before Sen.-elect Al Franken (D-Minn.) is set to be sworn into office, a new national poll shows that 44 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of the former comedian and liberal radio host.

A Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday found that 34 percent have a favorable view of Franken, who defeated former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman to win the seat. Another 22 percent are not sure what they think of him.

The poll revealed that Franken generates strong feelings among his detractors. Twenty-nine percent said they had a “very unfavorable” impression of Franken, compared with just 12 percent who have a “very favorable” view.

Like it or not, this guy’s bound to be our new lightning rod so you might as well familiarize yourself with his oeuvre for easy snarking later, when he inevitably pops off on the Senate floor and the righty blogosphere piles on. Exit question: Why are his national ratings so low? It’s possible, I guess, that more people than we think have been following blog coverage over the years of what a weird, oddly irascible jackass Franken is. It’s also possible that the numbers are driven by conservative reaction to his “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot” book. Even so, I prefer to interpret it as a referendum on his SNL “Weekend Update” bits. Be honest: Having watched those, would you have a favorable opinion of the guy?