Now onto the Governor's race:Al Franken leads all of his potential Republican opponents by double digits. He leads his most likely potential foe, Mike McFadden, 49-38. Those numbers are exactly the same as they were eight months ago. Franken's leads against the rest of the GOP field are 50/39 over Jim Abeler, 49/38 over David Carlson, 50/35 over Patrick Munro, and 50/33 over O. Savior. Democrats have the advantage in Minnesota to begin with and beyond that Franken has a more unified party, getting 90% of Democrats to McFadden's 83% of Republicans.
Franken has a 50/40 approval spread, pretty much unchanged from 51/43 on our previous poll. McFadden continues to be largely unknown to voters in the state- only 29% have an opinion about him one way or the other. That means he probably has some room to grow as the race progresses and he becomes better known, particularly since undecideds in the race voted for Mitt Romney by a 26 point margin. Still, Franken is pretty close to the 50% line. - PPP, 6/17/14
Great news indeed but we need to make sure our base comes out and re-elects Franken. Click below to donate and get involved with Franken and Dayton's campaigns:The story in the Governor's race is similarly stable from the fall. Mark Dayton leads Kurt Zellers 47/37, Jeff Johnson and Marty Seifert 47/36, and Merill Anderson and Scott Honour 47/35. In October he led Zellers, Johnson, Seifert, and Honour all by 10-11 points as well. Dayton has a 48/41 approval rating now, nearly identical to his 48/42 spread from our previous survey.
Similarly to Franken, Dayton's advantage is built partially on Democrats being more unified than Republicans. 87-89% of Democrats say they're behind him in each match up, while only 78-81% of the Republicans are committed to their potential nominees. That's largely a function of the GOP candidate field being unknown at this point- none of the Republican hopefuls have more than 39% name recognition. The undecideds in these match ups lean toward the GOP side of the spectrum as well- for instance those who haven't made up their mind in the Dayton/Johnson contest voted for Mitt Romney by 23 points in 2012. - PPP, 6/17/14