Franken's approval rating nothing to write home about

Franken's approval rating nothing to write home about

Now that he can finally call himself Sen. Al Franken, Minnesotans are already grading his job performance. And it appears he isn't winning over new Minnesotans that didn't believe in him in the first place. 

Two weeks into the job, SurveyUSA asked Minnesotans if they approved/disapproved of his work so far as senator. The poll found 43 percent of adults approved of his job performance and 45 percent disapproved. For a net disapproval of 2. Yikes.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar had a 54-percent approval rating, with 42 percent disapproving.

According to Smart Politics, Franken has one of the worst net approval ratings among newly elected members of the Senate recently.

A Smart Politics analysis of SurveyUSA data finds only Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb to have notched a lower net approval rating in his first month in office than Franken, of the nine Senators tracked by SurveyUSA who have entered office since January 2007.

Still, Franken's low approval rating should not surprise political observers as the DFLer only received 42 percent of the vote last fall - virtually identical to the percentage of those now approving of his job performance (43 percent).

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