Bachmann leads in new poll; most say she prefers DC limelight

We've said it before, we'll say it again: Michele Bachmann is crazy like a fox. No matter the gaffe, lie or hypocrisy, she still enjoys a solid majority in the conservative northern suburban district she represents in the U.S. House: Public Policy Polling says she's in a comfortable lead there over her nearest DFL challengers, Tarryl Clark (55-37 percent) and Maureen Reed (53-37 percent).

Those results prompted crowing in Republican circles, but the results are hardly surprising. The sixth district has been in the GOP column since 2003, and most of those in the new PPP survey identified themselves as either moderate or conservative Republicans. Most of them also said they voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin, don't think highly of Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, don't think Bachmann's an extremist, don't approve of President Barack Obama and disapprove of the health care reform bill nearing passage in Congress.

But there's more to the poll results than the "Bachmann leads DFLers in new poll" headline. First, while the two-term congresswoman may be crazy like a fox, she may also be a little too in love with Fox:

Do you think that Michele Bachmann is more focused on advocating for your district in the US House or being a national leader in the conservative movement?
  • Advocating for district: 32 percent
  • Leader in national conservative movement: 48 percent
  • Not sure: 20 percent

The second is that, while those in the poll said they approved of the job Bachmann was doing, the same cannot be said of the GOP in Congress:

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Republicans in Congress are doing?
  • Approve: 31 percent
  • Disapprove: 55 percent
  • Not sure:15 percent

Third, while Bachmann leads Clark and Reed, a large majority of those polled said they weren't sure one way or another whether they liked the challengers:

Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Tarryl Clark?
  • Favorable: 13 percent
  • Unfavorable: 19
  • Not sure: 68 percent
Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Maureen Reed?
  • Favorable: 7 percent
  • Unfavorable: 11 percent
  • Not sure: 82 percent

Whether that last set of numbers represents a sign of hope for the DFLers, or job security for GOP opposition researchers remains to be seen.


You can download and read the full poll results by clicking here.



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