Barack Obama vs. Michele Bachmann: No contest in new poll
A Humphrey Institute/MPR poll out this morning finds that President Barack Obama could struggle in Minnesota on Election Day 2012.
Obama, or Bachmann? No contest.
Maybe. But Minnesotans sound pretty sure that he's a much better bet in the White House than, say, congresswoman Michele Bachmann or Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
If Obama were to face either of them in a presidential race today, the poll finds he'd crush them by 20 percentage points and 9 percentage points respectively. He'd also beat Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney.
University of Minnesota professor, and poll director Larry Jacobs told MPR the results show that while Minnesotans may have a middling view of Obama -- 48 percent approve of him, 48 percent disapprove -- they're not ready to hand over the White House to teabag sympathizers.
"The big message here is that it's going to depend who the Republicans put up as a presidential candidate as to how competitive they are in the more moderate states like Minnesota," Jacobs said.
And who do the Republicans want to run for president? A new Gallup poll says Romney, with 19 percent support, and Palin, with 16 percent, lead the field. Pawlenty, in New Hampshire today, comes in sixth, with 3 percent.
Also ahead of T-Paw: Mike H8uckabee, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.