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Poll: Obama ahead in Minnesota; Klobuchar way ahead

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under 2012 Presidential election, Minnesota U.S. senators, Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota congressional, National campaigns, Democrats, Republicans, President Obama Updated: October 9, 2012 - 12:23 PM

A new poll of Minnesota voters shows Democratic President Obama with a ten percentage point advantage over Republican Mitt Romney  and Democratic Senate incumbent Amy Klobuchar with a 26 percentage point advantage over Republican Kurt Bills.

The Public Policy Polling poll comes as some national polls, done after what even supporters said was a poor Obama debate showing against Romney last week, show the president's support in decline.

The poll of Minnesota voters actually showed the president support narrowly increased from 51 percent to Romney's 44  percent in September to 53 percent to Romney's 43 percent in the recent polling. The PPP poll of Minnesota was done on Saturday and Sunday, perhaps mitigating the Obama dip of immediately after the Wednesday debate.

The pollster, which works with Democrats but releases public polls on races all over the nation, continues to produce results showing Klobuchar, a first-term Senator, is one of the most popular senators in the nation.

It showed 59 percent of Minnesotans approve of the work she has done, putting her in the upper echelons of approval ratings.

The poll showed her actually gaining traction in her match up against Bills, a first-term state representative. In the recent poll, 57 percent of Minnesotans said they will vote for her and 31 percent saying they would vote for Bills. In mid-September, 55 percent said they would vote for Klobuchar and  36 percent said they would vote for Bills.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percent.

Its sample included 38 percent self-identified Democrats; 29 percent Republicans and 32 percent independents or other. Thirty-seven percent of those polled self-identified as somewhat or very conservative; 33 percent self-identified as somewhat or very liberal and 30 percent consider themselves moderate.

Check out the full numbers here.

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