The wags have been suggesting in the last 24 hours that Norm Coleman must have internal polling showing he's in trouble. The latest MPR/U of M Humphrey Institute poll, however, doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know: Coleman is in a close race with Al Franken and Dean Barkley is in a position to play spoiler.
Franken holds a 41-to-37-percent lead over Coleman, within the poll's margin of error. Franken isn't exactly burning it up out there. His support, while 5% higher than it was in our poll two weeks ago, is exactly where it was in mid-August.
The wild card, however, is Barkley who has gained 9-percent since August. He's also picked up 3-percent in the last two weeks, significant because by around now, Independence Party candidates (not named Ventura) tend to lose their way with voters.
Coleman has lost only 1 percent since the last survey, which indicates to me that Franken and Barkley split the undecided vote from the last survey.
Here are the major findings:
Here's the entire poll (pdf format).(3 Comments)
Posted at 9:06 AM on October 31, 2008
by Bob Collins
I'm not writing today but join me here on Sunday night for the final debate between Dean Barkley, Norm Coleman, and Al Franken in the U.S. Senate race. MPR's Gary Eichten will be hosting from the Fitz.
It was only two days ago that Mary Lucia and I were talking about her favorite interviews. Studs Terkel was #1 on her -- and lot of other people's -- list. He died on Friday.
We're luck enough here at MPR that he made a few visits. The format of the audio is RealAudio, but perhaps you'll enjoy a last listen to an American icon.
12/8/05 - Here's Mary's interview. "Who else could make falling down the stairs such a funny story," she told me.
8/11/05 - Tom Crann talked with Terkel about music. He was one of the people to recognize the genius of Bob Dylan early on.
2/10/06 - MPR's Midday presented this collection of interviews with Studs Terkel.(4 Comments)