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Franken Approval Rating Worst Among New Senators

Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 02:10 PM

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is not topping the hit parade with his relatively new constituents, according to the most recent poll.

Two weeks into the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian’s tenure in the Senate, SurveyUSA asked 600 Minnesotans whether they approved/disapproved of his work thus far. The poll found 43 percent of adults approved of his job performance and 45 percent disapproved. Registering an “unsure” was 12 percent.

Meanwhile, the state’s senior senator, Democrat Amy Klobuchar, captured a 54 percent approval rating, with 42 percent disapproving.

Bottom line: Franken received only 42 percent of the vote last fall — nearly identical to the percentage of those now approving of his job performance.

Only Virginia Democratic Sen. Jim Webb captured a lower net approval rating in his first month in office than Franken, according to Smart Politics. It reached that conclusion by looking at polling results compiled by SurveyUSA, which tracked nine senators who have assumed office since January 2007.

What’s worse is that the relatively low approval numbers appear to be part of a general downward trend.

Some weeks before Election Day, unfavorable numbers for Franken rose to 53 percent in a December Rasmussen poll, with that number increasing to an all-time high of 55 percent in mid-May, according to Smart Politics.

That time period was in the midst of Sen. Norm Coleman's lawsuit in his quest to retain his seat. Despite all the furor, Minnesotans believed by a 4-to-1 margin that Franken eventually would emerge as the winner of the contest.

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