New poll: Bachmann, Pawlenty unpopular with Minnesotans
The ill-fated presidential campaigns of Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty cost them the support of Minnesotans.
That's the conclusion that emerges from recent polling conducted by Public Policy Polling, a respected polling firm based in Raleigh.
Sometimes, familiarity really does breed contempt. Especially when the folks you're getting familiar with are ambition-driven political chameleons and/or right-wing nut jobs.
The poll found that Bachmann comes home to only a 34 percent favorability rating, with 57 percent of Minnesota voters seeing her negatively. Only 37 percent of state voters think she should run for reelection to her House seat, while 57 percent believe she should scram.
As PPP puts it, "Pawlenty's numbers are better, but not by much." 39 percent have a favorable rating of him, compared to 50 percent with a negative one. His favorability rating matches the percentage of Minnesota voters who say they would vote for him for a statewide office, while 61 percent say they definitely would not.
In a summary of the poll, PPP writes:
For both Bachmann and Pawlenty the most logical next move would be a run for the US Senate. But their prospects in a bid wouldn't be very good for either this year or 2014. In hypothetical 2012 match ups, Pawlenty and Bachmann trail Amy Klobuchar by margins of 54-39 and 58-35 respectively. They do a little better against Al Franken in prospective 2014 bids with Pawlenty down 49-43 and Bachmann trailing 54-39.
Since they're so unpopular statewide, maybe Bachmann and Pawlenty can go back to their local roots -- Bachmann as a school board member in Stillwater, and Pawlenty as a member of Eagan's city council. Then again, perhaps it isn't a foregone conclusion they'd still be able to get elected to those offices.
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