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Poll: U.S. Voters Split on Franken’s Win

Posted on Jul 2, 2009
AP photo / Jim Mone

So, Al Franken officially will become a senator next week, but given his long and bitter battle with rival Norm Coleman, not to mention his pronounced unpopularity among Republicans, it’s not entirely surprising that a Rasmussen Reports national poll released Thursday registered substantial voter displeasure at the prospect of Franken’s arrival on Capitol Hill.


Less than a week before Senator-elect Al Franken (D-Minn.) is set to be sworn into office, a new national poll shows that 44 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of the former comedian and liberal radio host.

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By Anarcissie, July 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment

For once I can join the chorus.  I don’t understand what difference the national opinion of a senator makes.  No doubt there are plenty of senators who, if they are visible nationally at all, are widely disliked.  So what?

I don’t understand the right-wing foaming at the mouth about Franken, either, but they seem to be foaming about everything under the sun these days, so I guess for them it’s just one more thing in a vast array of foamable items.

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By pointus, July 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment

well said, Tropicgirl.
I sure hope that Al doesn’t become just another corrupt corporatist Democrat.

He seems to be well aware that he has won Paul Wellstone’s seat (Coleman’s term was made all the more insulting by the fact that it was won only on account of Wellstone’s horribly suspicious plane crash).

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By Steve in Los Angeles, July 3, 2009 at 11:10 am Link to this comment

Dueling redundancies?

US Senator-elect Franken squeaks out a victory by 300+ votes MEANS by definition that Minnesota voters were split over his elections.

What exactly does this poll and article—“Poll: U.S. Voters Split on Franken’s Win”—add that is already obvious?

Franken elicits strong reactions in his state AND across the nation. Therefore… what?

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By tropicgirl, July 3, 2009 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

When can we have a poll on Liebercrap, and Pelosiscam, Feinstink and Dirty Smelly Harry? Not in the plans? Didn’t think so.

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By pointus, July 2, 2009 at 11:13 pm Link to this comment

Rasmussen & Politico are both right-wing echo chambers.

I like to think that the couple hundred bucks I sent to Franken’s campaign helped put him over the top.

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By wagonjak, July 2, 2009 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment
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The US didn’t elect Senator Al Franken…the good people did and the courts of Minnesota and the Governor certified it. He will make a brilliant, liberal and fair representative not only of the people of that state, but of the whole country.

We have a new Dem Senator and the whiners and denigrators better get used to it!

Welcome Senator Franken!

PS Your headline is a little inflammatory…

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By coloradokarl, July 2, 2009 at 7:16 pm Link to this comment

Is BIG AL ready to wait in the geezer line for his power to grow, maybe 10 or 15 years? I do not think so. Big Al is going to get frustrated with the “good” ole boy system and go public and blow the whole thing wide open. wishfull thinking? May be, but I also called the M.J. O.D. my guess is as good as yours, wanna bet?........

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By ardee, July 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment

What an absolute joke of an article and a poll…..

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By Marshall, July 2, 2009 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

By OldManCA, July 2 at 7:06 pm #

“Senator” IS a national office.  He’s part of decisions that affect the nation, not just Minnesota.

And the poll didn’t ask what people thought of him as a senator - it asked what they thought of him as a person.  No likee.

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By OldManCA, July 2, 2009 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment

a new national poll”—Hey folks, it does not matter what a national poll says.  Franken is the junior Senator from Minnesota. It is not a national office.  So a national poll doesn’t mean squat.
It also is folly to take a poll asking what people think about him as a Senator, before he was even sworn in.

Another misuse of polling and reporting about polling. Instead of filling the news, with fluff, why don’t you (the “Media” not truthdig in specific) just publish some fiction and call it fiction?

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By Outraged, July 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm Link to this comment

Article quote: “A Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday found that 34 percent have a favorable view of Franken, who defeated former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman to win the seat. Another 22 percent are not sure what they think of him.

The poll revealed that Franken generates strong feelings among his detractors. Twenty-nine percent said they had a “very unfavorable” impression of Franken, compared with just 12 percent who have a “very favorable” view.”

Is that a fact….lol.  Yes… yes, some of us certainly do do that don’t we….  You go, Senator Franken!  The American People know.  I didn’t really think Sen Franken and I were in that same boat….hmmm… but, hey….. it’s always good to know that you can identify with those who made it.

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