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MPR Poll Results - The 2006 race for U.S. Senate

Minnesota Public Radio
September 25, 2006

Statewide Name Recognition
I am going to read a list of candidates for the 2006 election. The first name is _____________. Do you recognize that name? (IF YES) Do you have a favorable, unfavorable or neutral opinion of ________?

NAME RECOGNITION

Candidate Recognize Favorable Recognize Unfavorable Recognize Neutral Don't Recognize
Amy Klobuchar 54% 19% 18% 9%
Mark Kennedy 35% 32% 25% 8%
Robert Fitzgerald 4% 3% 30% 63%

QUESTION: : If the 2006 election for governor were held today, for whom would you vote?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Metro
Rest of state
Klobuchar
52%
49%
55%
88%
14%
53%
57%
45%
Kennedy
37%
40%
34%
5%
79%
27%
33%
38%
Fitzgerald
1%
--
2%
--
--
3%
3%
3%
Cavlan
1%
1%
1%
--
--
3%
1%
1%
Other
--
--
--
--
--
1%
--
--
Undecided
9%
10%
8%
7%
7%
13%
6%
3%

QUESTION: : What do you believe are the most important issues in the Senate race?

Option
Result
Iraq
21%
Health care/Medicare
15%
War on terror/Homeland security
12%
Taxes/government spending
10%
Economy/jobs
5%
Moral issues/family values
4%
Referendum on Bush
3%
Social/welfare issues
2%
Immigration
2%
Social/welfare issues
2%
Immigration
2%
Gas prices/energy
1%
Environment
1%
Other
10%
Not sure
14%

QUESTION: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

Option
State
Men
Women
DFL
GOP
IND
Approve
17%
15%
19%
14%
26%
11%
Disapprove
67%
69%
65%
79%
48%
74%
Not sure
16%
16%
16%
7%
26%
15%


HOW THE POLL WAS CONDUCTED

The Mason-Dixon Minnesota Poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. of Washington, D.C. from September 18 through September 20, 2006. A total of 625 registered Minnesota voters were interviewed statewide by telephone. All stated they were likely to vote in the November general election.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross-section of exchanges was utilized in order to ensure an accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turn-out by county.

The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the "true" figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a regional or gender grouping.

SAMPLE FIGURES:

Region

Men 305 (49%) Women 320 (51%)
Hennepin/Ramsey Counties 210 interviews
Twin Cities Suburbs 150 interviews
Rochester/Southeast 70 interviews
Southwest Minnesota 60 interviews
Northwest Minnesota 65 interviews
Duluth/Northeast 70 interviews