A new poll by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling shows that Sen. Amy Klobuchar is in a strong position headed into the 2012 election.
About 61 percent of Minnesotans hold a favorable view of Klobuchar, according to the poll. Roughly 80 percent of those polled said they have no opinion of her declared challengers.
Voters approve of her fellow DFL Sen. Al Franken by a 49-39 percent margin.
Meanwhile, 57 percent of those polled say they have an unfavorable view of Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who recently ended her run for the White House. The same percentage of voters say Bachmann should not run again for office.
Only 39 percent of those polled approve of Gov. Tim Pawlenty. A majority of voters – about 51 percent – say they would not support Pawlenty in a future run for a statewide office.
Public Policy Polling president Dean Debnam said the numbers show Bachmann and Pawlenty’s presidential bids did damage to their reputations at home.
“Both are unpopular and would have a hard time getting elected to statewide office in the future,” Debnam said.
Read more about the poll here.