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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Smilin' Norm: Not Well Liked

Posted by: Hammer / 7:29 AM

From yesterday's Strib:

Polling data show that the approval ratings for Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., dropped in March. Coleman's approval rating has declined each month this year while Sen. Amy Klobuchar's numbers have remained somewhat steady.

According to Survey USA, Coleman started the 110th Congress with an approval rating of 55 percent. In February, he dropped to 49 percent and in March to 47 percent.

Klobuchar's approval rating was 56 percent a week into her role as a U.S. senator. She climbed to 58 percent in February but dropped to 55 percent in March.

The margin of error for the telephone sample of 600 respondents was plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

Coleman is in dangerous territory, despite his shifts to the middle. His stem cell bill is a sham. His votes in favor of cloture on the minimum wage bill and the Medicare bill are appreciated and, I suppose, consistent with his stand against the filibuster. (A little piece of me dies every time I compliment Coleman.) But he still supports the war in Iraq and a part of the failed escalation. The American people are done with Bush's failed war. Smilin' Norm will have to run away from the war sooner rather than later or he will be a private citizen far sooner than he expected.



The reality is Senator Coleman's approval number for April went up to 53% and his disapproval number went down to 41%. The statement from today's Star Tribune that "Coleman's approval rating has declined each month this year…" is dead wrong.

By Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed, at 10:35 AM  

Obviously, you have access to polls the Star Tribune does not. SUSA's tracking polls are here. Results for January, February, and March are available. SUSA does not yet have an April poll on its tracking page.

By Blogger Hammer, at 10:54 AM  

I provided a link to the tracking numbers on my blog. The Star Tribune updated their story. I don't think the version you cited even appears in the same form online.

"Coleman and Klobuchar's April approval ratings rise

WASHINGTON – Although Minnesota’s senators saw their approval ratings drop in March, they both enjoyed a boost in April.

According to Survey USA, Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., jumped 6 percentage points from March to April – from 47 percent to an approval rating of 53 percent.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who has experienced small variation in her approval ratings since going to Washington in January, returned to an high of 58 percent. Her approval rating hasn’t varied more than three percentage points since she took office." Source: Star Tribune, April 25, 2007

By Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed, at 4:34 PM  

Some weaseling here, some distancing there, and suddenly you're above 50% again. Hey, nobody said Norm wasn't good at what he does. It's just that what he does isn't intended to benefit anyone other than Norm.

By Blogger Jambo, at 5:08 PM  

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