Rep. Michele Bachmann's been getting all the 24/7 cable news media love lately, but some new Minnesota polling numbers from Rasmussen suggest that, when it comes to job performance on Capitol Hill, Sen. Amy Klobuchar's getting the highest marks.
The Nov. 10 phone survey of 1,000 Minnesota residents found 58 percent of likely voters "at least somewhat approve" of the job Klobuchar is doing, while 38 percent disapprove. Thirty-six percent strongly approve of her Senate performance, compared to 21 percent who strongly disapprove.
When it comes to Bachmann, 51 percent said they at least somewhat approve of Bachmann's job performance, while 45 percent disapprove. Thirty-three percent said they strongly disapprove of Bachmann's job performance, while 28 percent strongly approve.
Sen. Al Franken? His numbers are closer to Bachmann's (see below).
The poll doesn't break the numbers down according to House districts (Senators, of course, represent the whole state). And it should be noted that, regardless of what voters around the rest of the state think, District 6 voters have given Bachmann two consecutive terms in the House.
You also have to wonder whether Rasmussen's polling data is as goofy as its geography. Its report locates District 6 "in the southeastern section of the state."
Huh? District 6 wraps around the northern Twin Cities suburbs and then spreads out wide along the I-94 corridor to just past Albany.
Here's the breakdown from Rasmussen:
How would you rate the job Amy Klobucher has been doing as Senator... do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job she's been doing?
- 36% Strongly approve
- 22% Somewhat approve
- 17% Somewhat disapprove
- 21% Strongly disapprove
- 3% Not sure
- 24% Strongly approve
- 26% Somewhat approve
- 16% Somewhat disapprove
- 29% Strongly disapprove
- 5% Not sure 2
- 28% Strongly approve
- 23% Somewhat approve
- 12% Somewhat disapprove
- 33% Strongly disapprove
- 4% Not sure