Poll: Sen. Franken is safe bet in 2014


Democratic Sen. Al Franken is in a good position to secure re-election in 2014, according to a new poll.

The survey conducted Jan. 18-20 by Public Policy Polling shows voters approve of Franken's job performance by an 11-point margin, 52 to 41 percent.

The poll also shows 45 percent of GOP voters would choose Rep. Michele Bachmann to take on Franken, but she's least likely to beat him.

In hypothetical 2014 match-ups, Franken leads Norm Coleman by 6 points (50/44), John Kline by 8 points (49/41), Erik Paulsen by 11 points (50/39) and Michele Bachmann by 14 points (54/40).

Coleman has already ruled out a Senate bid next year and is said to be eyeing a run for governor instead, according to the The Hill.

Bachmann has not said much about her future plans, but shows little sign of positioning herself for a Senate run, MPR reports.

The margin of error for the overall sample is 3 percent and 5.9 percent for the GOP portion.

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